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PUBLISHED: 12:58 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 07 July 2010

Nine Norfolk schools are celebrating after being rewarded for their success in bringing the international world into the classroom.

They have all received the International School Award, which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and run by the British Council.

Nine Norfolk schools are celebrating after being rewarded for their success in bringing the international world into the classroom.

They have all received the International School Award, which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and run by the British Council.

Rudham Church of England Primary School was recognised for its outstanding work in bringing the wider world into the classroom though its range of international projects, including collaborative activities with partnership schools in France and Kenya.

Headteacher Susan Lunnun said: “The school is very proud to achieve this award and we would like to thank Mrs. Castle for her hard work in putting together the evidence folder and keeping us on our toes!”

Alderman Peel High School, in Wells, was also given the accolade.

In the past year students and teachers at the school learnt African dances, songs and stories in an Africa Day, and the year nine Fast Track French Group performed the French play Cendrillion to packed audiences.

The GCSE geography group will be visiting Iceland as part of their field studies this year and Alderman Peel will also be working with its partner school in Toulouse on a variety of curriculum projects, including a rugby exchange.

Mrs Watkins, head of science, explained the importance of the international dimension in science.

He said: “It can act as a framework for new learning and teaching strategies such as through shared collaborative projects and learning visits.”

Year nine International Committee member Olivia Griffiths said: “As a member of the International Committee, I am thrilled that our hard work has led to the school achieving the International School Award.”

The other schools who received the awards are Caister First School, Costessey Junior School, Heather Avenue Infant School, in Hellesdon, Notre Dame High School, in Norwich, St Mary's Community Primary School, in Beetley, All Saints C of E Primary School, in Winfarthing, and Wymondham College.

Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council, said: “We congratulate and thank all the schools for their commitment to the International School Award.

“We believe that international links bring a vitally important dimension to the education of our young people ensuring that they build the skills and understanding to become global citizens ready and able to take their place in the world.”

The schools were presented with their awards at a ceremony in London on October 8.

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