School for children with learning difficulties wins prestigious award

The British Council Intrernational School Award was presented to Woodfield Special School, Hemel Hempstead on Thursday by John Rolfe of the British Council, left.  It was received on behalf of staff and students by head teacher Gill Waceby, right.''''
The British Council Intrernational School Award was presented to Woodfield Special School, Hemel Hempstead on Thursday by John Rolfe of the British Council, left. It was received on behalf of staff and students by head teacher Gill Waceby, right.''''

A school that teaches children with complex and severe learning difficulties has been presented an international award.

Woodfield School in Hemel Hempstead was handed the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the big wide world into the classroom.

The accolade is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

British Council school programmes ambassador John Warwick said: “The British Council is keen to promote the work of Woodfield School and to encourage other special and mainstream schools across Herts to use the British Council managed School Linking programmes as a way of celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our county.”

Woodfield, in Malmes Croft, has been held up as an example of excellent practice and commitment to developing a whole school approach to enriching the international dimension across the curriculum.

Its efforts to bring the world into the classroom have included three international days, covering food, music and sport from around the globe.

Children have also been part of online twinning projects where they have sent and received Christmas cards from schools in other countries, shared and received traditional tales and learnt to cook recipes that originate from across Europe.

Headteacher Gill Waceba said: “It has been brilliant to see the development of international work across the school and the positive impact on learning. Our pupils and staff have had the opportunity to participate in some fantastic activities.

“Achieving the award is a real credit to everyone involved and great recognition of the work achieved so far.”