International School Award

International School Award - ‘Gold Medal’ for Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

In September 2015 the school achieved this prestigious award for the second time in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. 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 to live and work as global citizens. 

Queen Elizabeth’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to experience a global dimension has included cultural exchanges with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School in Kerala, India; Lycee St. Jacques, Hazebrouck, France; and the 60 year old partnership with Albertus Magnus Gymnasium, Cologne, Germany. International work in the curriculum has encompassed collaborative projects with these schools and others, helping develop a wealth of global enrichment, social, moral and cultural awareness, ensuring that students are prepared for the diverse nature of the global work place ahead of them.  

Being involved with the award has enabled us to highlight how Queen Elizabeth’s students have the potential to change things for the better, broadening their horizons which will not only help their future careers but benefit their wider lives in the future.

Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The ISA encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

For more information about the international work of the school, please contact Mr Philip Larter, International Co-coordinator on 01795 533132 or  

For more information about the International School Award, please contact the British Council Press Office on 020 7389 4889