St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery in Surrey has been recognised for its outstanding, whole-school commitment to innovative global education and ensuring that pupils benefit from a range of cultural activities and experiences.

To achieve the award, St Stephen’s has demonstrated an impactful, long-term partnership with a school in China that has been embedded across the curriculum and developed into face-to-face student exchanges.

Amanda Blackburn, Executive Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold Global School Award from GSA.

“As a school, we recognise the importance of global partnership and cultural understanding in today’s interconnected world and we are committed to preparing our children to be global citizens of the future.

“Ensuring that our children have opportunities to learn about and collaborate with those from other cultures gives them a tangible context and understanding; setting them up for future success.”

John Rolfe MBE with pupil and Rebecca Hodges, Inclusion Leader & International Coordinator

We are committed to preparing our children to be global citizens of the future.

John Rolfe, Community & Partnerships Manager at the Global School Alliance, said: “We are proud and delighted to work with the inspirational St Stephen’s Primary School on developing and embedding a whole school approach to ensuring a creative and innovative commitment to global work.

“This great school has an outstanding range of partnerships and overseas visits and many congratulations on their success!

“They are the first school in Surrey to receive the Gold Level Global School Award and this is a tribute to their wonderful support for, and long-term commitment to, the key power, wide value and impactful benefits of global communication and collaboration.”

About the Global School Awards

The Global School Awards recognises and celebrates schools that demonstrate a commitment to international education. Through this programme, schools are guided to develop international partnerships, enrich their curriculum, and prepare students for life as global citizens. With three certified Levels of Recognition, the Award takes schools from introducing international work to the curriculum, to embedding it within the school’s culture and wider ethos.

Find out how your school could become an award-winning global school: https://www.globalschoolalliance.com/global-school-awards/.