THE Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. 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 for life work in today’s world.

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s international work includes long-standing exchanges with Valley Forge Military Academy and College and Missouri Military Academy, and theatrical performances with West Point High School in Virginia and links with 12 Bangladesh cadet colleges.

There are frequent French and Spanish exchanges, hosting students from across Europe for academic and sporting events, and a Model United Nations Society for students to debate worldwide issues.

Alex Foreman, the school’s principal, said: “This is an incredible honour and endorsement for the work we do in the classroom to promote worldwide citizenship and cultural diversity.

“Our military links have also afforded many opportunities in the last year including a delegation of our students playing a central part to commemorate the roles of Sir Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in the Second World War at a special occasion in France.”

Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

For more information on the British Council, visit www.britishcouncil.org

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