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The international dimension in education is an integral part of our school ethos and our teaching and learning philosophy. We celebrate our rich and diverse community through a range of events throughout the year and are proud to have been awarded International School status for a second time by the British Council in 2011.

Over the last three years, we have further strengthened our links with the global community and our students have taken part in cultural exchanges around the world. We currently have links with schools in the USA, Poland, France, South Africa, Spain, Australia, Zimbabwe and closer to home, the German school in Richmond. Students also enhance their language learning by building friendships with pen pals from Germany, France and Spain.

A variety of international visits support students in specific curriculum areas making a crucial link between the classroom and the outside world.

Since 2012, we have run residential trips and exchange visits to the Ursuline school in Bayonne, South West France for Year 9 and 10 and to Normandy for Year 7 and 8.  Year 9 and 10 students have taken part in visits to Barcelona and Rome and students from Years 10 - 12 took part in our exchanges with the Ursuline school in Dallas.  Students have the opportunity to take part in a History Department trip to Ypres, Belgium in Year 9 and there is also a Business trip to New York for Key Stage 4 and 5 students. The school also runs an annual ski trip to Europe which is open to all year groups.

Many curriculum projects have developed as a result of our outward looking approach to education. Ultimately through our international links our vision is for each student to become a truly confident, global citizen who has a sense of their own role and the contribution they can make.