Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

International Links

Cardinal Allen High School has been successful in gaining the prestigious International School Award. This is accredited for three years from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2015. This award was the result of 30 international projects that ran last year with similar planned for the future with the aim of developing our students into more informed, active global citizens to develop a fairer, more sustainable world. To gain the award global development issues have been integrated throughout our formal curriculum.

Cardinal Allen High School has been chosen to develop international links with India as part of a major new school twinning project to boost global education. Connecting Classrooms is a UK government and British Council education initiative. Cardinal Allen High School has been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues. Teachers and students are working with Birla High School, Kolkata in India to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy. Schools across the UK can benefit from a range of support offered by the scheme.

Andrew Harding, Community Coordinator at Cardinal Allen said "I am really pleased we have been awarded this Connecting Classrooms grant as we can further develop our existing links with Birla High School. These projects will help our students learn about international issues, broaden their horizons and gain crucial skills to help them prosper in a global economy. Former Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said:

"I am very pleased that Cardinal Allen High School in Fleetwood is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world. Young people and teachers can make a fantastic contribution by sharing the best of Britain with their peers around the world and at the same time, the great thing is that they can get invaluable knowledge of what life is like in other countries."

"Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn about the world around them, about the facts of poverty that face children their own age in developing countries, and how education can help eradicate poverty. It will also benefit teachers by enhancing their professional skills."

The programme will enable teachers and students from Cardinal Allen High School to take part in an exchange visit with Birla High School and work on classroom-based projects together, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience. The 3 planned projects include 'Protest., a project where the themes of conflict and peace, rights and responsibilities, Fairness and equality are explored through the media of art, music and literature. 'Saving our Earth' where students develop the theme of sustainable living and 'The nature of Mathematics' where the theme of Identity and belonging is developed through investigation of the Fibbonacci series.

Cardinal Allen horticulture students are also involved in a similar project with Ryan international school, New Delhi. The aim of this project is for students from each school to investigate the horticultural techniques in the two countries.

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