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, South Africa and China, we have developed activities where students can learn by making connections with other young people across the globe. Even during the pandemic, through an established programme of activities, Tomlinscote students have enjoyed many opportunities to 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 Key Stage 3 Food Tech lesson where the teacher in South Africa taught an interactive lesson to students in both continents at the same time!
Here’s a taste of a few of the initiatives undertaken in the past couple of years:
- Our International Ambassadors are continuing to develop links with our latest partner school in South Africa. As we are both Apple Distinguished Schools, we are able to exchange ideas online.
- 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.
- (Pre-pandemic) A visit to Germany by year 7 students: 83 students travelled to Koblenz in Germany for a week.
- (Pre-pandemic) A visit to France by year 7 students: 127 students spent a week near Poitiers.
- (Pre-pandemic) School exchange trips to Baden-Wüttemberg (Germany) and Lille (France).
- We still maintain these links by exchanging letters and videos with our partner schools in Europe.