Plymouth hosts the South-West Regional International School Awards

55 schools from across the South West were in Plymouth on Thursday 12 November for the South-West Regional International School Award presentations.

The schools have all been awarded the British Council International School Award. The award encourages schools to make educational links with schools in other countries and help broaden the horizons of children and young people through a range of international activities.

It’s the first time the city has been a host for the South West Awards ceremony which will see a total of 17 Plymouth schools being recognised at the event at the city’s Council House, the largest number for several years.

The British Council International School Award initiative is funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) with full support from the Department for Education. It is coordinated locally by Plymouth City Council, other sponsors of international programmes and activities include the EU Erasmus + Programme, the Institute of Education Confucius Institute and Han Ban.


Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health, said: “As Britain’s Ocean City Plymouth’s international links are extremely important to our growth. So I’m really pleased that so many of our schools are once again being presented with the International School Award. I know that many of the schools taking part in this celebration event have far exceeded the award criteria. The work they are doing is inspirational.”

To qualify for the award schools have to demonstrate an international ethos and give evidence to support their application across an academic year which includes identifying seven curricular activities, three of which must be with one or more schools in other countries, and one with a foreign language element.  These activities must involve pupils across the school.  At the end of the year they will submit an evaluation illustrating the work being carried out and its impact on the young people, staff and wider community.



The Plymouth schools involved are:

  • College Road Primary
  • Devonport High School for Boys
  • Devonport High School for Girls
  • Elburton Academy Primary
  • Ernesettle Community Primary
  • High Street Primary
  • Hyde Park Infants’
  • Lipson Vale Primary
  • Marine Academy Primary (MAP2)
  • Notre Dame RC School
  • Plymouth High School for Girls
  • Shakespeare Primary
  • St. Andrew’s C of E Primary
  • St. Edward’s C of E Primary
  • Victoria Road Primary
  • Weston Mill Community Primary
  • Yealmpstone Farm Primary

Young people from Devonport High School for Girls, Plymouth High School for Girls, College Road Primary and Stuart Road Primary will be wowing the audience with their skills in Chinese at the start of the event.  Polar Explorer Antony Jinman, will then describe how schools can learn about other areas of the world through personal contact with explorers during their expeditions.  Finally pupils from Holy Cross RC Primary School will end the event with a rendition of the Haka.

Pupils at Holy Cross performing the Haka.

Pupils at Holy Cross performing the Haka.


City leaders and national guests confirmed include: Antony Jinman – Explorer, Adventurer and CEO of Education through Expeditions; Thomas Nissen, John Rolfe and Ludmila Vavrova of the British Council; Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public health; and the Lord Mayor Councillor Dr John Mahony, as well as the successful schools’ head teachers, teachers, governors and pupils.