International School Award

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 them a global perspective in whatever they do.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.

The British Council said that fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of its work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

The award recognises the work schools do in partnership with others abroad and throughout the academic year.

Sharples School’s international work includes exchanges with schools in Spain, as well as international projects with Germany, Hungary, Poland and even India.

Alice Southern, the school’s International Coordinator said: “I am delighted that the work we have done to establish our international ethos over the past year has been recognised in this way. Staff and pupils have worked hard on our projects and some great links have been made.

“This is just the start of our international journey and we are excited to see where the next two years takes us with our £110,000 of Erasmus+ funding.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

We have been successful in a bid for €75,000 of funding from Erasmus+ for staff CPD. This money will allow 35 members of Sharples staff to visit Spain, France and Latvia to receive first class CPD to further upskill our Teaching and Learning. The first of these trips took place in October 2018, with 3 members of staff: Miss Southern, Mrs Fairclough and Mr Hesford visiting Gran Canaria; and 2 members of staff: Miss Dann and Miss Ariff visiting Antibes.

Click on the links below to see more about these visits:

Erasmus+ Spanish Language Course 22nd October-26th October 2018

Erasmus+ French Language Course October 2018

Over the next 2 years, we have been awarded €40,000 of funding to take 14 of our GCSE Spanish students to our partner school in Javea, Spain. For more information about our partner school, follow this link to their website: or this link to their Facebook page:

Each year, 7 of our pupils will visit Spain to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture, and experience intensive Spanish lessons in the school to enhance their Spanish speaking and writing ability. The 7 Spanish pupils will also visit Sharples, where the focus will be on our specialism: Spanish.

The first of these exchanges will take place with the Spanish pupils visiting Sharples on Saturday 9th- Saturday 16th February 2018 and we will visit Javea on Saturday 30th March- Saturday 6th April 2018.

Check back here for more updates on this exchange soon!

Here at Sharples, we are committed to doing our bit to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Why is it important that we include these goals in our curriculum?

  1. Students need to learn about the world.

Children who are in school now will grow up to be adults in an increasingly interconnected and multicultural society. Students need to be aware of cultural norms and differences around the world so that they can succeed and thrive.

  1. Students must be active participants in the world they live in.

To solve the world’s biggest challenges, we must encourage students to be active participants in their local and global communities. Developing global citizens who are passionate about caring for others and our world is essential for them to be members of our society. The SDGs engage students in practical goals and problem-solving.

  1. Students learn empathy and compassion.

When students learn about SDGs such as those about poverty, hunger and high-quality education, they begin to understand the unique challenges facing communities all over the world that they may not have known about before.

  1. Students and teachers are inspired to take action.

Once students have an understanding of the SDGs and why they are necessary, they will be inspired to make positive changes, in big and small ways.