Tibshelf Community School has won the British Council’s Link2Learn International Secondary School of the Year award in recognition of its outstanding international links and curriculum projects. The £5,000.00 prize was awareded at a ceremony in HSBC Canary Wharf in London on Friday 16th November 2012. The ceremony was attended by Headteacher; Peter Crowe, International Co-ordinator; Sue Allen and Y11 pupil; Andrew Aldis, who had recently been presented with Tibshelf’s Global Citizenship Award.
Over 300 schools applied for the award. The judges, however, were impressed with Tibshelf’s links in Uganda, UAE, Mumbai, Nigeria and particularly with the curriculum projects and exchange visits with its partner schools in Sri Lanka.
John Rolfe from the British Council commented on Tibshelf’s ‘innovated and ‘creative’ international work and said, “2012 is a big year for the UK on the world’s stage and Tibshelf’s success deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of inclusive, fantastic and endriching international work”.
At the ceremony Sue Allen thanked the British Council and HSBC, who funded the award, and outlined the plans to develop Tibshelf’s International links to enable young people to recognise the cultural understanding needed in order to live and work as global citizens.
Sue Allen, who said she was “thrilled” to receive the award and would also like to acknowledge all the staff and pupils who have helped to support Tibshelf’s Global Citizenship projects. Particular thanks must also go to Global Education Derby and Clare Talati of Bolsover’s Raising Aspirations Project.