British Council International School Award success for Valley Gardens Middle School

British Council International School Award success for Valley Gardens Middle School

Valley Gardens Middle School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.


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 work in today’s world.


Valley Gardens international work includes hosting and working collaboratively with European visitors, participation in an Erasmus + KA 2 European Partnership with schools in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Sweden, Turkey and UK, foreign visits to Germany, France, Italy and Spain, input from teachers in Toledo into our classrooms as part of the Erasmus + KA1 teacher placement programme and excellent provision within the MFL department where French and German are taught. Pupils have had the opportunity to learn Italian and Chinese too.


International Coordinator, Brian Smith (Assistant Head) is absolutely delighted with the news and is very appreciative of the team effort from whole school staff, pupils and parents. The official presentation of the award will take place on 19th October.


Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. 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.’



The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.


The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community