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DGS receives British Council International School Award

Posted on: 09/09/2022

L032 ISA Mark 420x420 RGB FinalDidcot Girls’ 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 celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.

On hearing the news that Didcot Girls’ School had received the award, Georgina Littler, Head Teacher said: ‘The award recognises that fostering an international dimension is at the heart of the curriculum at our school, so that our pupils gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world.’

Students at Didcot Girls’ School have a host of opportunities to experience different cultures, including the Exchange Program run with its partner school in Planegg, Germany, Didcot’s Twinning Association Town, the annual trip to France for Year 7 and the European Music Tour, which is open to all year groups.

Another aspect the school is especially proud of is the fact that it is outward facing and global in its ethos. As events unfold around the world, the school finds wholesome and powerful ways to address them, differentiating for age groups. Global awareness days include International Women's Day, International Men's Day, Earth Day, Black History Month, Holocaust Memorial Day and Pride Month.

Didcot Girls’ School’s international work encompasses not only all year groups within the school, but also our rising Year 7 cohort, who learn about different cultures on transition days, as well as younger students of primary schools within our catchment area, who visit the school to take part in its long-running and hugely popular International Day.

Scott McDonald, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: ‘The school has earned this prestigious award through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad’.

The International School Award is a chance for schools to be recognised for their important work bringing the world into their classrooms. This is especially commendable when schools have been deeply affected by the global pandemic. The desire to build on their international work shines through and it is with upmost pride that we celebrate their achievements.’ 

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