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christthekingChrist the King College in Newport has been successful in gaining the International School Award and is accredited for three years from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2017.

The College 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 is a badge of honour for schools and Colleges that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

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 to live and work as global citizens.

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Some examples of Christ the King College’s international work over the last year includes:

– eTwinning projects with schools in France and its overseas territories as part of the Year 7 French curriculum
– Working with a school in Germany as part of an extra-curricular German club
– A Comparison of Fairytales project linking a Year 7 English class with 20 other schools in Europe
– Learning about international number systems in Maths lessons
– Welcoming and hosting a large number of student visitors from Thailand
– A trip to New York and Washington DC and a World Challenge trip to Ethiopia.

There are further exciting projects planned including a Connecting Classrooms link with a school in Bangladesh which will enrich the Citizenship curriculum.

Christ the King College has recently become a Global Learning Expert Centre and, as such, will offer training on global development education to Isle of Wight Schools during the next academic year.

On hearing the news that Christ the King College had received the Award, Pat Goodhead, Principal of Christ the King College said:

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“It is a wonderful award to have achieved and is a credit to the staff and students who have worked so hard throughout the years to be recognised in this way. The feedback received speaks for itself and is a real tribute to our commitment to developing young people who are aware of global and international issues”.

Congratulating the College on its award, Cllr Chris Whitehouse, who represents the Newport West Ward in which the College is located, today added:

“This is a truly remarkable achievement by a truly remarkable College. I am thrilled that so much hard work has been recognized in this way. Bringing the world into the classroom is part of the role of a Christian school, reminding us that our neighbours are global.”


2013/14 saw more than 500 schools receive International School Award accreditation. This includes a wide range of schools from a variety of different backgrounds and areas across the UK. The British Council hopes to build on this success throughout 2014

The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Pakistan and Nigeria as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

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