A HALSTEAD school has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Holy Trinity Primary School has been awarded the intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools which do exceptional work in international education.

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Holy Trinity’s international work includes communicating with schools through online links, sharing of work and collaboration in the work of language teaching.

This has involved the headteacher visiting schools in China and working alongside headteachers in schools overseas.

Headteacher Sarah Rowe said: “We are delighted to achieve this award in recognition of the work that we do in fostering international understanding between children from diverse cultures and it reflects the school’s commitment to global citizenship.

“Pupils involved in the collaboration have become more aware of the ways in which their lives are connected with the lives of people in places across the globe.”

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Shannon West, head of UK schools for the British Council, said Holy Trinity’s international work has earned the school “well-deserved recognition”.

She said: “We are proud and delighted to work with this great school.

“Many thanks to everyone for all their commitment to developing international work and sharing excellent classroom practice and resources.

“This is enriching education for its pupils and their excellent collaborative projects with partner schools overseas are bringing the world into their classrooms.

“International work is key support for the development of skills young people need to be the globally aware citizens of the future.”