British Council International School Award success for

Shevington High School


Shevington High School in Wigan 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.

Shevington High School’s international work includes links with the Kunskapsskolan schools in Sweden, Spanish and Romanian pen-pals, and the highly successful Mandarin Excellence Programme, now in its second year at the school.

On hearing the news that Shevington High School had received the award, Mr Grant, Headteacher said: We are delighted the school has received this prestigious award. It is a testament to all the hard work of students and staff in embracing multi-cultural links and committing fully to international work. We are extremely proud that our students have experienced a fantastic Swedish exchange and welcomed their Swedish friends here. We are also very excited for the upcoming study course in China for Year 8 Mandarin students and developing further links with schools across the world through our involvement with Kunskapsskolan and the SAIL project.

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