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’.
Assistant Head Teacher Cath Brace co-ordinates the global dimension and ensures that our partnership work is deeply embedded into our curriculum. This commitment is acknowledged in our successful re-accreditation for The British Council’s International Schools Award for a further three years (2017-2020). 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 continued to hold the full International School’s Award since 2005. Our most recent award celebrates the School’s international work with its partner schools and ambassadorial role 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.
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We regularly host visiting students from Cirencester’s German twin town Itzehoe and friendship links in Cádiz, 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.
The Assessors Report (July 2017) stated:
'It is clear to see that Cirencester Deer Park School continues to embed an ethos which sits at the heart of teaching and learning across the school and is informing long-term and sustained planning and policy.’
‘It is impressive to see that work is part of the ‘Day to day’ business.’
‘A range of both European and Worldwide partnerships have been established all of which are being used as an effective vehicle with which to enable an increased awareness of ways of life, culture and experiences across the world.’