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Global Citizens

The Global Citizens are committee of children from Year 2 to year 6. Along with Mrs Armstrong they lead projects across the school community. They work hard to ensure that the whole Spinfield community  is aware of and understands the wider world – and their place in it.  They take an active role in their community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer.


Some of the projects the Global Citizens have led:


  • International school Award
  • Plastic free status
  • Woodland Trust Green Tree Award
  • Waste free Wednesdays


Spinfield School International School Award


The International School Award is a prestigious programme run by the British Council to foster/encourage cross cultural links and learning.  The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school.  The British Council International School Award started in 1999 to recognise the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.  It is managed by the British Council.


The award is now available worldwide in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council's Connecting Classroom Programme.  Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful school in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.  Spinifeld School has been involved with the British Council ISA Award since 2012.


In 2014 Mrs Munnaza Asif, Headteacher at the APS School in Rawalpindi Pakistan visited Spinfield for a week as part of the Connecting Classroom reciprocal visits programme.  In 2015 Spinfield was awarded our first International School Award.  Schools hold the award for 3 years after which re-accreditation is required.  In 2018 (pre-covid) - Spinfield received their second International School Award at the Houses of Parliament, presented by the then Secretary for Education.


To achieve the ISA a school needs to work through 7 projects within a year. 3 of which need to be reciprocal with partner schools abroad and a further 3 projects need to include whole school participation.


This year 2023/2 Spinfield School is working on its 4th ISA Award!


Respect, tolerance and understanding is at the heart of the ethos of our school and our international cross cultural links are a wonderful way of teaching the children about other cultures and to foster friendships with other children across the world.


Participating in the International School Award allows for our children to develop:


  • an increased knowledge, awareness and tolerance about other countries, cultures and languages
  • confidence in communicating with people from different backgrounds
  • more skills to successfully live and work in a global and mobile society
  • literacy skills when writing stories and letters for specific audiences
  • students begin to develop confidence with their foreign language skills


At Spinfield:


  • An international ethos is embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school are impacted by an involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work takes place with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum based work across a range of subjects takes place
  • Outreach opportunities for involvement of the wider community are encouraged


The projects we are working on this year are:


  • It's Good to Talk
  • 100 Words Language Project
  • Climate for 4 Schools
  • Life Below Water - Plastic Pollution
  • Rivers
  • Quality Education
  • India A Billion Dreams

We will be collaborating with a school in Pakistan and two schools in India