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Merton school wins British Council International School Award

Malmesbury Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Malmesbury Primary School’s international work includes half termly correspondence with our partner school in the South of France, incorporating a Skype session at the end of the year; topic-centred study of literature from all over the world, through the Power of Reading Scheme; discovering music and art from different cultures and sending out paper dolls to friends all over the world and finding out where they have been. We also continue our link with our partner school in Ghana and have begun a new partnership with an international school in Shanghai.

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:

‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

British Council Schools Online is a supportive ‘one stop shop’ to help schools find international opportunities and teaching resources, including details about the British Council International School Award. Any school can find out how to apply by visiting

For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council through and



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