WOLSINGHAM School the first in the region to achieve UNESCO associated status.

One of only 22 UNESCO Associated Schools across the UK, Wolsingham School has been accepted to join a global network of 10,000 educational institutions in 181 countries which aims to help shape a sustainable future.

Lee Elliott, Headteacher at the County Durham school, said: “We are committed to promoting UNESCO’s ideals, reinforcing the humanistic, cultural and international dimensions of education through innovative teaching and learning approaches and practices in our school.”

The UNESCO Associated School Award was a result of a collaborative partnership between Wolsingham School and Most Education, which is the North-East not-for-profit organisation for inter-cultural relations, educational opportunities and school partnerships.

Most Education Founder Lana Briton, said:"It was a year-long application process and the application form had to go before a big committee at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. I am delighted to be involved in bringing this recognition to the first maintained school in the North-East.

There will be so many great opportunities to come and the children of Wolsingham School will all make wonderful ambassadors of the North-East to the bigger World.