Saint Martin’s School in Solihull has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
This is the fourth time in succession the independent school for girls in Brueton Avenue has been bestowed the honour of the award, which 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, ensuring young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
And the efforts put in over the years by the staff and pupils at Saint Martins have been recognised again.
Among the key international link-ups by Saint Martin’s is the strong relationship and partnership with Annal Jyoti in Nepal, which sees the two schools share curriculum ideas and engage in regular visits by staff and pupils, with some Saint Martin’s gap-year students spending extended time there.
Over the years the partnership has seen water purification projects, the creation of an eco-house, democracy and conflict resolution projects and an art and creative writing scheme. The school also carried out extensive fundraising following the Nepal Earthquake of 2015.
Saint Martin’s also has long-standing relations with a partner German school – Elisabethen Schule - in Hofheim, which sees regular student exchange visits and working practices shared.
Delighted Head Teacher Nicola Smillie said: “We are so proud to again be the recipients of this prestigious International School Award, which we value so highly. This is now our fourth award in a row and highlights the importance we put on global learning here at Saint Martin’s. Our relationships with Annal Jyoti and Elisabethen Schule provide wonderful benefits for everyone involved and give our girls a fantastic insight into the world beyond the classroom walls – an awareness of huge importance to us all.”
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, added: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”