British Council International School Award



British Council International School Award record success for

Ballyclare High School


Ballyclare High School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom for an unprecedented 8th time.


The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.


Ballyclare High’s international work includes a range of activities and overseas partnerships which enable our students to enhance mutual understanding of other cultures and to create lifelong friendships. Annual exchange trips to Germany and France, alongside an array of international sporting and cultural projects afford our students invaluable experiences worldwide. For example, the COP26 Forum enabled our students to debate with students from the British Columbia Canadian International School in El Sharouk, Egypt, via Zoom. All these projects encapsulate the whole school approach to our international dimension at Ballyclare High.


On hearing the news that Ballyclare High had received the award, Mr. J Nelson, International Coordinator, commented that ‘The International dimension is at the heart of both our teaching and wide extra-curricular programme. Pupils and staff alike work hard to develop our own opportunities, as well as providing others in our local community with international links. I am extremely proud to see our school win this award for a record-breaking 8th occasion, thus highlighting our commitment to internationalism.’


Scott McDonald, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: ‘The school has earned this prestigious award through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad. The International School Award is a chance for schools to be recognised for their important work bringing the world into their classrooms. This is especially commendable when schools have been deeply affected by the global pandemic. The desire to build on their international work shines through and it is with upmost pride that we celebrate their achievements.


By embedding an international dimension in children’s education, these schools are preparing their students for successful lives in the UK or further afield, empowering them to be global citizens, and are creating vital opportunities in an increasingly global economy.’