International award for school

Cardinal Allen Catholic High school, Fleetwood.
Cardinal Allen Catholic High school, Fleetwood.
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A FLEETWOOD school has won an international award.

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Melbourne Avenue has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The award is a badge of honour for schools which undertake outstanding work in international education, including through links with schools overseas.

Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, allowing young people to gain cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

Cardinal Allen’s international work includes more than 30 curriculum projects such as working with the street children in Kolkata and numerous joint schemes with the city’s Birla High School.

Activities include joint eco projects, joint drama productions, the introduction of yoga into Cardinal Allen and the development of rugby in India.

Andrew Harding, community co-ordinator at Cardinal Allen, said: “This is wonderful news. Our students are really benefiting from working on these projects and are looking forward to the next round of exchanges between Cardinal Allen and Birla High School in Kolkata.”

John Rolfe, from the British Council, added: “The school’s fantastic international work is giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them.”