Peterlee school celebrated for encouraging pupils to be global citizens

A Peterlee school which proved it goes the extra mile to encourage pupils to be global citizens with respect for different cultures has been celebrated.

Acre Rigg Academy was among twelve schools from across County Durham which were honoured at Durham Town Hall as part of the International School Awards.

This is a British Council scheme that recognises schools that have demonstrated their commitment to raising awareness of other countries, traditions and languages.

County Durham has one of the highest levels of engagement in the scheme in England.

At the ceremony, organised by Durham County Council, attendees heard how schools host pupil exchanges with countries all over the world, including Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Many also have partner schools in countries such as Kenya and Sri Lanka and collaborate on projects focusing on a range of issues. Pupils also enjoy regular chats on Skype, while teachers have taken part in exchanges to learn about different teaching methods.

Other schools that received awards are:

  • Cleves Cross Primary School, Ferryhill
  • Rosa Street Primary School, Spennymoor
  • St Hild’s College Church of England Aided Primary School, Durham
  • Pelton Community Primary School, Chester-le-Street
  • St Benet’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Chester-le-Street
  • Hamsterley Primary School, Bishop Auckland
  • Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham
  • Escomb Primary School, Bishop Auckland
  • Lumley Infant and Nursery School, Chester-le-Street
  • St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Stanley
  • Leadgate Primary School, Consett

Brian Stobie, international officer at Durham County Council, said: “It’s so important children learn about different countries and have the skills and awareness they need for a career in a global workplace.

“It’s wonderful to see how committed County Durham schools are to achieving this and to providing opportunities for children to forge international friendships.”

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