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Glebeland Community Primary School works with a School in France and The Democratic Republic of Congo on cultural education and thus have been awarded International School Status.

International ‘Gold Medal’ for Glebeland Primary School

Glebeland Primary School in Toft Monks, Beccles has been 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 is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. 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 to live and work as global citizens.

Glebeland School’s international work includes having active links with schools in France, Germany and The Congo, carrying out joint projects with the children at the schools. Clare Williams International School co-ordinator at Glebeland School said “The activities give the children involved a valuable insight and understanding of the environmental and cultural differences worldwide. Our pupils range in age from 4 to 11 years and have benefited from the shared experiences, which inform their views and inspire them for their futures.

John Rolfe from the British Council, said: “Many congratulations on your well-deserved success in being accredited with the British Council International School Award. The school’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too. Employers are telling us that international skills are just as important as exam results – so everything the school is doing is vital preparation for life in a global society and work in a global economy. 2012 is a big year for the UK on the world’s stage, and the school deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of fantastic international work’’

Taken From Beccles & Bungay Journal October 2012.

We had a Round the World Day.  The teachers organised lots of different activities form different countries.  We did things like learning the Flamenco, making Italian style pizza, constructing totem poles, learning to play the steel drums and lots more things.


It was International Languages Day on Thursday 26th September so the school celebrated by having an International breakfast.  We all tried foods that are eaten for breakfast in France, Germany and Spain. It was delicious!


Two students, Nina Henß and Kristina Wieziolkowski, from Osnabrück, Germany spent the last two weeks in Beccles, visiting Glebeland Community Primary School, Toft Monks. They also took the opportunity to spend a day at Langley School, Loddon. Glebeland School was recently awarded the International Schools Award and has close links with schools in Germany, France, Norway and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Whilst at Glebeland, they were making comparisons between the German and English education systems, took the opportunity to work in the classrooms, assisted in the German lessons, cooked some German recipes with the children and established a ‘Skype’ link with Grundschule Pye, the German partner school.

‘We really enjoyed our work placement at Glebeland Primary School. We had a wonderful time and hope we can visit the school again soon. It was very interesting to see the differences between the English and German school systems, for example, the English children are very young when they start school at the age of 4 – in Germany, they wait until they are 6 or 7 years old!’

Headteacher Alan Williams commented; ‘I am delighted that the placement was possible. Nina and Kristina have given our pupils an insight into what life is like for young people living in Germany. We give a high priority to raising the multi-cultural awareness of our children and this visit has enhanced this. After some initial reservations at talking to the German children via Skype, the pupils were soon happily communicating with each other in their respective languages. We look forward to hosting many further students in the future. ’

They loved Beccles and enjoyed visiting Norwich, the Sainsbury Centre at the UEA and other nearby places.

Press Release Details:

For further information, please contact:
Alan Williams,
Glebeland Community Primary School,
Beccles Road,
Toft Monks,
NR34 0EW
01502 677354

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