Ossett Academy Awarded British Council’s International School Award



Ossett Academy (OA) has been awarded the Foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award, in recognition of our commitment to promoting global awareness and understanding within our curriculum.

Established in 1999, the award is part of an accreditation scheme which aims to encourage an international ethos throughout schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in the modern world.

Applicants for the award must submit an action plan of activities which promote global understanding, as well as a final evaluation of their impact. One of these new initiatives at OA is the ‘Language Leaders’ club. Pupils meet once a week after school to improve their language and leadership skills. Activities so far have included delivering language sessions to local primary school children and performing a rendition of ‘Snow White’ entirely in French, Spanish and German.

Year 9 pupil Lillie said: “Being a Language Leader helps me with my languages – I’ve picked up a little bit of French, as well as the Spanish I learn in my lessons. It also helps me to understand different perspectives.” 

Other activities and initiatives have included bespoke year group assemblies around European Day of Languages, sessions on careers in languages and the employment of foreign language assistants, who can offer an insight into the traditions and daily lives of their cultures.

Mrs George, Curriculum Team Leader for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), said: “I am so delighted and proud that we have been recognised for our efforts to embed and celebrate international work in our curriculum. I want to thank our staff members for their tireless hard work and dedication in introducing new MFL initiatives to engage pupils.

“This is just the beginning of what we have to offer – we are excited to be planning a trip to Madrid in October, to help enrich our pupils’ learning.”

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

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