A PRIMARY school has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its efforts to embed a global outlook into its educational approach.

Escomb Primary School, near Bishop Auckland, joined ten schools from County Durham at a celebration event which was held at Durham Town Hall, where schools were rewarded for exceptional work in international education and for having a notable global element in their curriculum.

Etherley Lane School gets colourful in celebration of diversity during anti-bullying week

Escomb School is currently involved in two Erasmus Plus projects with partner schools in Finland, Czech Republic and Spain.

Through these projects the school gives their pupils the opportunity to visit the partner schools and stay with families of the international pupils, and to also host their global friends in their own homes.

On Sunday the school sent a group of year six pupils to Czech Republic to meet with their partners from Czech Republic, Finland and Spain.

Together they will take part in an ‘international classroom’ activity, in which they will be immersed in Czech culture and motivated to share and develop their skills in STEM activities.

Headteacher Wendy Gill said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“It is a great chance for us to demonstrate the important work we’re doing to bring the world into our 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.”