The International School Award (ISA) is a recognition from the British Council of a school’s commitment to fostering a commitment to embedding international and global citizenship awareness within the curriculum through innovation and collaborative work with a partner school.

Our school has achieved the ISA twice thanks to our dedication to embedding global learning within the curriculum and our partnership with Las Bethlemitas, Colombia and Fazaia Degree College, Pakistan. We are currently in the process of submitting our Re-accreditation application for 2021-24.

A selection of our current ISA projects

I am many, I am one – Riseparker Identity and Belonging: For this project, our pupils learned about what ‘culture’ is and the different elements that make us who we are. Each child completed a self portrait that reflected all the different elements that make up their personal identity. We shared them virtually with our partner schools and created a Rise Parker portrait exhibition.

Sustainable Eating and Living: A key element of our school’s ethos is a commitment to sustainable living. From its inclusion in our ‘Rise Parker Goals’ (based on the UN global goals) to our Eco Monitors & Chicken Carers, looking after our planet for future generations is something which is taught & aspired to at Rise Park. Our whole-school curriculum therefore reflects a global perspective on sustainable living, including topics such as ‘Our environment’ (Year 2), Fair Trade (Year 3), Environmental issues (Year 4) and Rainforests and sustainability (Year 5), which supports our children’s development as global citizens as they continue their learning journey through school.

Languages and our community: Our whole school community took part in a cross-curricular theme week on Languages and Culture in October 2020, which aimed to celebrate the languages spoken in our school community and linked to our curriculum topics. For more information about what happened during this week, please see our Theme Weeks page!

We are Changemakers: We acknowledge that our pupils are growing up in times of rapid change and that they have many big questions about what is happening in the world and their place within it. Changemakers fosters conversations about different aspects of life in society and aspects of activism, stimulated by a range of media including books, images, news clips and poems so that our children have opportunities to look at the world from different perspectives and have the vocabulary to express their reflections on this.