Listening to other people’s points of view, sharing ideas, seeing different places and ways of life, gaining knowledge and understanding of another country's culture and heritage underpin our school's international programme and partnerships. We are very proud of our international work and the contribution our curriculum areas make to ensuring that ‘our pupils are self confident, tolerant and responsible’.
We are supported by UNESCO as an Affiliated School and the Gloucestershire International Education Office. Assistant Head Teacher Helen Charlesworth co-ordinates the global dimension and ensures that our partnership work is deeply embedded into our curriculum. This commitment is acknowledged in the school’s Ofsted Report June 2013 and reflected in our designation as a Global Learning Hub School (2013). In lessons, pupils study world affairs and learn about the experiences of young people across the globe and the challenges they face. They are encouraged to engage in discussion and find solutions.
Cirencester Deer Park School has achieved the full International School Award accreditation since 2005. Our most recent award, 2014-2017, celebrates the School’s international work with its partner schools and colleges across the globe. Headteacher, Chiquita Henson, and Governors of Deer Park School believe strongly in enriching the curriculum and appreciate the benefits that international partnerships can bring to pupils, staff, the school and community at large.
We regularly host visiting students from Cirencester’s German twin town Itzehoe and friendship links in Cadiz, Spain and Rome, Italy. We also welcome students and teachers from countries across the world including Japan and India.
Annual international events, such as the Model United Nations’ Conference (MUNA), provide opportunities for our pupils to interact and debate with their peers across Europe. Our main European partner, Alfrink College in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, hosts the event and Deer Park have been repeatedly invited to send a team of delegates.