Hartlepool special school wins prestigious accolade

Students at the Catcote Academy, Catcote Road, Hartlepool with their  International School Award. Pictured l-r are Annabel Woodhall, Matthew Fenwick, Reece Carter, Alfie Willoughby, Chloe Chawner and Shelby Grainger-Deighton.

Students at the Catcote Academy, Catcote Road, Hartlepool with their International School Award. Pictured l-r are Annabel Woodhall, Matthew Fenwick, Reece Carter, Alfie Willoughby, Chloe Chawner and Shelby Grainger-Deighton.

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A Hartlepool special school has received prestigious recognition for the way it raises awareness of the wider world among students.

Catcote Academy has been re-accredited for the full International School Award from the British Council after building strong relationships with schools in a number of countries and holding numerous events with an global flavour.

Students have been in contact with a school in Turkey as part of an initiative called Our School Your School and shared their culture with students in Tanzania, in Africa.

Pupils have also created picture books to help them learn everyday words and sign language in a number of different languages including Swedish, German and Turkish.

The academy also regularly works on projects that incorporate celebrations and festivals from around the world.

And it is a strong supporter of Fair Trade holding events, such as coffee mornings with Fair Trade products, which are opened up other schools and the wider community.

Teacher Barry Currell: “This is an excellent Impact Evaluation and a credit to our school. It demonstrates clearly a continued commitment to understanding and applying the principles of international education in a creative and imaginative way.”

Mr Currell added the work with foreign schools has introduced students to global themes as conflict and peace and sustainable living in an engaging, relevant and practical way.

In its glowing report of Catcote Academy the British Council stated: “It also proudly showcases your international learning journey, including your achievements (and challenges, as applicable) and highlights the positive effects of your global learning on all stakeholders involved in the process, including students, staff, partner schools and the wider community.

“Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as the International Coordinator.

“You are a credit to the school and the wider community.”

Staff and students were presented with the award in Newcastle by Dr Niall McCann. The school is accredited for three years until August 2018.