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International School Award re-accreditation ...12 years and counting!



British Council International School Award success for

The Polygon School


"The Polygon School in Southampton has been re-accredited/awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom."


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.


The Polygon’s international work includes; a whole school cross curricular Lion King project, bi-annual Ski trip, the third British Council School Exchange visit in Iceland to one of our partner schools, Green Phone Sustainability project linked with the Eco-School Award, Food Box project helping out a local food shelter charity, The World we Live in and staff career development.


On hearing the news that The Polygon School had received the award, Mr Patchell – International School Co-ordinator said: “the past twelve years we have been on our international journey embedding an international ethos across the whole of the school curriculum.  Having staff lead such exciting and diverse projects, for example, the whole school cross curricular Lion King project, shows how far we have developed in making our pupils and staff global citizens.  Using our produce from the school allotment to help a local food charity shows how we are trying to help and impact the local community.  Long may it continue!”


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.


The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as Greece, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Over 6000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.


The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:


  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community