BRINGING the world into the classroom has won a top award from a Hale Barns school.

Elmbridge Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its efforts to introduce an international dimension, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today’s world.

Elmridge Primary’s international work includes projects on fair trade, food, celebrations, friendship and collaborative art.

Head teacher Mark Edmundson said: “International work has added an exciting new dimension to the school’s curriculum. It has inspired innovation and linked pupils with contrasting cultures, promoting understanding and mutual respect.

“Pupils have had the opportunity to make links with seven schools across three different continents, gaining a fascinating insight into the wider world in the process.”

British Council boss Sir Ciarán Devane said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

“Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”