Celebrations for European Day of Languages will have extra significance for Rossett School this year after two major achievements.
The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department has been named top of the league tables in North Yorkshire for value added during students’ time at the school.
Phillip Bourgeois, the school’s Director of Studies for MFL, said: There are many excellent schools across North Yorkshire, so to be top of the table for value added achievement in Modern Foreign Languages is a real success; students who begin with little experience move a long way in the time that they are here.
Our students have the opportunity to learn languages at every stage of their education, from Year 7 right through to Sixth Form, and we expect all students to make impressive progress. This is testament to the hard work of all the staff and shows that Rossett is a school that recognises the importance of learning languages to a student’s future prospects.
At the same time, Rossett is celebrating receiving the International School Award for a further three years, following extensive work on links around the world. The school’s links to partners in countries including Nepal, Japan, the USA and Peru helped to impress the judges from the British Council.
The International School Award recognises 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.
Geography teacher Emma Horsfall, who is also Rossett’s International Coordinator, said: This is fantastic news. Far from being something dealt with just by the languages department, this is a project which has been embraced by every area of the school, including the learning resource centre and the catering team.
Our students gain great benefits from our links with schools in a wide range of different cultures and it is wonderful to have that recognised by the British Council.
Congratulating the school on its achievements, John Rolfe from 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. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.
Your status as an ambassadorial school is further strengthened by your efforts to support and mentor other schools to share the benefits of your own experience by embracing international education and engaging with the International School Award journey.
In fact, your readiness to extend your current success to a wider network of schools is commendable, and your ideas and activities for enriching the curriculum are a credit to your school.