King’s Ely students join hands of understanding across the globe

International Awards at King's Ely

International Awards at King's Ely - Credit: Archant

King’s Ely pupils have been fostering links with children around the globe which has earned the school an award for its international work.

The pupils have been teaming up with schools in France, Spain, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Greece as well as further afield in India and Réunion Island.

In addition to developing language skills, students have taken part in the eTwinning programme, gaining European Quality Certificates for their projects.

King’s Ely has received reaccreditation of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for its “fantastic” international work.

Principal Sue Freestone said: “Gone are the days when any school could be sufficient unto itself – and thank heavens for that.

“Our young people embrace their involvement in such far-reaching projects and share in the aspirations of their partners across the globe.

“They see their membership of the global community as intrinsic to their daily lives and they can never be too young to understand the part that we all have to play in improving our tomorrows.”

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The award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education.

British Council international development secretary, Justine Greening, said: “Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty.

“That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of King’s Ely and the energy and passion of the young people involved.

“The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people have the potential to change things for the better.

“Schools getting involved will be broadening the horizons of their students, which will not only help their careers but benefit their wider lives in the future.”