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Harrogate school wins international award for eleventh consecutive year

For the eleventh year, Rossett School in Harrogate has been recognised for its outstanding work in bringing the world into its classrooms.

For the eleventh year running, Rossett School in Harrogate has been recognised for its outstanding work in bringing the world into its classrooms. The school has received the British Council’s prestigious International School Award. The award aims to celebrate the achievements of schools that help their young people gain cultural understanding and skills, and empower them to be global citizens. Christian Bruce-Halliwell, head of Modern Languages at Rossett, said:

"Through the curriculum as well as a myriad of extra-curricular clubs, trips and initiatives, Rossett School has a long-standing tradition of enabling our students to become more informed global citizens. "Equally, our extensive international work and collaboration creates incredible opportunities that benefit both the school and our students."
Rossett first gained accreditation as an International School in 2010. Outside of the Modern Foreign Languages faculty, students have the opportunity to learn about different cultures across the curriculum, from the history and style of Commedia Dell’Arte in Drama studies to multicultural foods and textiles in Technology. A variety of activities also take place throughout the year to help students gain an understanding and appreciation of the different cultures, languages and traditions across the world. These include long-running partnerships and exchange programmes with schools in Japan, the USA, France, Spain and Peru, as well as visits to First World War battlefields and cemeteries. International cuisine is offered as part of the lunch menu, while the annual European Day of Languages features the chance to try food, sports and other activities from different countries. Key events and festivals such as the Chinese New Year are celebrated, while fundraising events are held in aid of the international charity Lepra. Rossett School also works with the University of Leeds Business Confucius Institute to deliver Mandarin lessons to Year 7 and 8 students, as well inspiring a new generation of language teachers through the Linguists into School Workshop. Headteacher Helen Woodcock said:
"We are delighted to have been awarded the International School Award once again. "As a school we are proud to advance and embed international understanding between children – the next generation – improving their cultural awareness of the wider world."
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