Sharples School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom, giving pupils a global perspective in whatever they do. The award recognises the work schools do in partnership with others abroad throughout the academic year. At Sharples, we are proud to have sustained partnerships with schools in France, Spain, Guadeloupe, Finland and South Africa. We strive to create new links every year, so that staff and pupils alike have the opportunity to experience more of the world. For example, pupils across all year groups have pen pals to practise the language they are learning at school.
We have also been awarded over £110,000 in Erasmus+ funding in the past 3 years, allowing staff to access CPD from across Europe, such as Spain, Finland and Latvia. This funding continues to allow our staff to embed what they have learnt from different countries into our teaching here at Sharples. Erasmus + funding has also enabled pupils to travel and develop new skills and friendships they will carry with them through life.
As a school, we seek out every opportunity for funding, to ensure that we provide all our pupils with new experiences. The Turing Scheme has replaced Erasmus funding from 2021 and we are set to secure more funding. The Turing Scheme is a UK government scheme with the aim of offering pupils life-changing experiences to study abroad. All these opportunities for staff and pupils contribute to our commitment to International relations and to ensuring that our pupils leave Sharples with an open-minded perspective of the world and all the possibilities it has to offer.