International award for village school


BLEWBURY CE Primary School is the first school in the world to be awarded the prestigious British Council International Award six times in a row.

Headteacher Marion Mills (centre) and children hold up the school’s awards.

News about this village school, with 150 students, has travelled far and wide, and it is currently receiving requests from schools around Europe to visit and set up partnership arrangements.

Recently nine teachers and 24 pupils from Finland, Germany and Spain spent a week in the school as part of an Erasmus Plus Programme. The week included the school’s third Global Partnership Network Event, where UK teachers can visit Blewbury to learn about developing a global emphasis in their own schools.

Headteacher Marion Mills, who is working to secure a seventh British Council International award for the school in 2018 said: “Young people today live in a global village and we want to offer them a rich experience to help them understand the challenges that face them in their future lives. Our children and teachers gain a great deal from receiving visiting teachers and pupils. They can also travel themselves, so that they can explore other cultures more deeply. We are very proud that this work has received recognition, and even prouder of the children and families in our community who support us year on year with these highly successful programmes.”