International Links


The Marches School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools carrying out outstanding work in international education. 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.

The Marches School’s international work includes around 17 projects currently taking place across the school. Recent activities have included a Comenius visit to Germany, The Ugandan Choir visiting The Marches, the development of links with Sri Lanka through Connecting Classrooms and, most recently, a project working in conjunction with BT Young Leaders to raise money for Haiti, alongside schools in California.

John Rolfe from the British Council, said: “Many congratulations on your well deserved success in being accredited with the British Council International School Award. The school’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too. Employers are telling us that international skills are just as important as exam results – so everything the school is doing is vital preparation for life in a global society and work in a global economy. 2012 is a big year for the UK on the world’s stage, and the school deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of fantastic international work’’

On hearing the news that The Marches School had received the Award, Helena Griffiths, International Coordinator at the school said: “I am absolutely delighted that the school has achieved this award once again. Developing and nurturing International relationships is crucial to ensuring that our students have a global perspective on life. Students are able to recognise, define and accept cultural influences and become more enthused by the idea of a global community through the experiences given to them in the Marches.”

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

The British Council Schools Online website is a ‘one stop shop’ to help schools find international opportunities, including the International School Award. Any school can find out how to apply by visiting

Comenius Project

Comenius Prospectus – download your copy here –

The following video, made by a Swedish School, documents the last two years of the Comenius Project, something The Marches has been heavily involved in as part of our international work.

Media students produced this video about their Learning Environment as part of their involvement in the Comenius Project.

For more information on Comenius, please visit