A SCHOOL has been recognised for its work to bring the world into the classroom so pupils gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today's world.

Rosa Street Primary School in Spennymoor has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award which celebrates exceptional work in international education.

Citizenship and foreign language learning is promoted throughout the school ethos and curriculum and cultural diversity is celebrated across the school and wider community.

Rosa Street has active links with schools in Sri Lanka and Kenya which provide rich learning opportunities for pupils and staff and learning of French is supported by Whitworth Park School and a partner school in France.

Headteacher Helen Ashton said pupils are developing important citizenship skills and attributes such as tolerance and respect, international work is good for professional development of staff and that the school is proud to involve the local community and families in multi-cultural activities and celebrations.

Mrs Ashton added: “We are absolutely delighted that the hard work of staff and students has been accredited and recognised by the organisation. The work we do promotes an understanding of a variety of cultures, languages, and traditions and in doing so we aim to enrich the lives of both our students and those who we work with for a globalised world.”

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."