Putteridge High School awarded the
International School Award for 2018-2021
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 and work.
On 6th December, I attended a presentation evening at the Houses of Parliament to receive our school’s certificate, acknowledging the international work that had taken place in Putteridge. It was a pleasure and surprise to meet the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, who spent some years growing up in Luton in the Bushmead area!
We undertook a number of activities to develop international understanding with our students, including an international fair at Putteridge Primary School, where a number of our students shared their home language and culture. We have very strong links with our German partner school and welcomed a group of students to visit in April this year. Together, in a multinational group, we undertook a series of activities in music, art, outdoor challenges, teamwork and cooking. The History Department also took a group to the Battlefields in Belgium in October to take a first-hand look at life in the trenches and feel the sobriety of rows and rows of soldiers’ graves.
As a school, we are very proud of our own internationalism amongst our students, but also take every opportunity to bring the global world into Putteridge, thus expanding their horizons, developing a tolerance of others and learning how to be global citizens.