A village school has scooped a prestigious accolade for its work in bringing the varied cultures of the world to the classroom.
Risby Primary gained the British Council’s International School Award after joining forces with schools in France, Denmark and Rwanda on various projects.
Activities included a Word War One commemoration with children working with their peers in Richebourg, Northern France, to design memorials and write prayers in memory of members of the Suffolk Regiment buried in the French commune.
Anna Berridge, retiring headteacher at Risby, said: “We’re really delighted to have achieved this award. We all, staff and children enjoy and benefit from the extra dimension that an international focus has brought to the curriculum.”
As well as learning French in Key Stage 2, pupils are introduced to a range of foreign languages such as Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish and Japanese.
They will also soon be studying swahili.
John Rolfe, of the British Council, added: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. 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.”