DOWNLANDS Community School in Hassocks has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.

Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Head Mark Wignall said: “We are delighted that we have received the International School Award.

“I am very proud of all our students and staff. Their commitment and involvement in so many local and global issues is commendable.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“The International School 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.”

The school’s international activities enable students to learn about different countries and aspects of their cultures in a curriculum-based situation.

The report said: “Well planned projects give your students access to important issues in a meaningful and stimulating context.

“Foreign language learning enjoys high profile, supported with intercultural understanding about the respective countries.

“Your new link with a school in China as well as your established partnership with a school in India are providing rich learning experiences for both students and staff.”