Tomlinscote holds the British Council’s International School Award. This globally recognised award is achieved by schools that do outstanding work in international education by embedding multiculturalism in the curriculum.
We, at Tomlinscote, believe that young people today should gain a broad cultural understanding and develop the relevant skills in order to live and work as global citizens.
Working alongside our partner schools in France, Germany, Spain, Japan and China, we have developed activities where students can learn by making connections with students across the globe. Through an established programme of exchanges and visits, students enjoy many opportunities to travel abroad and experience other cultures.
An international outlook on the world is developed at Tomlinscote through a series of cross-curricular activities. As all students at Tomlinscote have an Ipad, they can use this technology to investigate other cultures in ‘real time’ and to create virtual links with schools abroad.
Here is a video of a Year 8 Science lesson in Spanish.
Here’s a taste of a few of the initiatives undertaken this year:
- A celebration of the diverse ‘home languages’ languages spoken by Tomlinscote pupils – students taught pupils from a local primary school about their own language and culture.
- A visit to Germany by year 7 students: 83 students travelled to Koblenz in Germany for a week.
- A visit to France by year 7 students: 127 students spent a week near Poitiers.
- School exchange trips to Baden-Wüttemberg (Germany) and Lille (France).
- Our International Ambassadors have created a link with a school in Nigeria – we have exchanged photos and videos of STEM projects.
- Year 8 Science students are developing a link with a school in Colombia. they recently carried a series of experiments in Spanish.