“Cultural and spiritual development is exceptionally strong, and students put into practice in their
day-to-day work, the values they learn in the College.” Ofsted
Saint Gregory’s is an outward looking International School, giving students a wide variety of opportunities to become involved in global education projects.
We have well established on-going partnerships across many European countries, through British Council sponsored projects and other links, and with our partner schools further afield in countries such as China, India and Japan.
Taking part in international projects helps students prepare themselves as global citizens, and to become more aware of social, economic and political issues that affect people across the world. Students develop the desire to want to make a difference, by sharing what they know with their peers, and making their views known across the school and the wider community.
International activities within school have investigated the disparity between the rich and poor, individuals, communities and countries, how to improve access to health, and the ‘right to education’. These are live issues which are debated in class and in the PHSE programme. Students who have a bigger picture of world affairs are better able to make a contribution, and to make their voices heard.
Students at Saint Gregory’s also have many opportunities to travel abroad on project visits or on curriculum trips in many subjects such as Sports, the Arts, Languages, History, Geography and Business Studies.
In 2019, our vast range of international activities was recognised by successful reaccreditation of the British Council’s Full International School Award. Examples of how we extend our curriculum globally can be found below:
Mandarin Excellence Programme
In Year 7, students can apply to join the British Council’s Mandarin Excellence Programme, an intensive language programme to boost fluency in Mandarin. Each cohort of Year 7 accelerated learners will attain a high level of fluency in this key global language through an intensive programme of study, cultural activities and a trip to China at the end of Year 8.
Students from Colegio Arenas bilingual school in the Spanish Canary Islands join us for the autumn and winter terms each year. Their residential base at Sulis Manor is in walking distance of Saint Gregory’s and means that they can quickly settle into the life of the College.
The students usually join in with Year 7 and 8 classes, following a full English Curriculum whilst at the same time improving their English Language skills.
The long placement means that they can also participate in school sports teams and performing arts activities after school. Colegio Arenas are rated in the top 100 Spanish Schools.
The Córdoba Exchange continues to strengthen and develop the long-established partnership between Saint Gregory’s and IES Grupo Cántico School in Córdoba.
The Córdoba Exchange brings with it many benefits. Not only does it give students the opportunity to form and maintain friendships on an international level, but it also opens their minds to different cultures and ways of life. In addition, we find that students who take part in the exchange programme develop a love for language learning and are often inspired to further their studies of Spanish.
For a number of years, Saint Gregory’s has been at the forefront of developing educational links with European schemes run by the European Union, firstly through Comenius Partnerships, and more recently the Erasmus+ programme.
The long-term goal of these European-wide schemes is to develop students’ experience and understanding of different cultures and to prepare them for a world of work that is increasingly mobile. The European ‘vision’ offers the prospect of a better world through the experiences our students give and gain by taking part in these partnerships.