International School Award

The International School Award (ISA) is a prestigious accreditation scheme, managed by the British Council. The Award recognises and celebrates schools that are committed to developing international partnerships which enrich the curriculum and help young learners to become global citizens.

We have been awarded reaccreditation for our International Schools Award.
This confirms that we have an established international programme and have links with schools in other countries.
We have embedded international education across the whole school. This is celebrated each year with our International days.

International Day 10th July 2018

In preparation for our annual international days, Key stages 3 and 4 have been learning about Australia within their Humanities, Dance, Art and Music lessons.

In July we had  an ‘Earth Song Music’ workshop where staff and students had the chance to play didgeridoos.

We also had a visit from Francis Firebrace, an aboriginal elder who came in and talked to us all about aboriginal life.  He brought with him some boomerangs, bull roarers and kangaroo hide.

We finished off the Australian topic with the annual summer forest fest which this year took on a more Australian twist, with Australian art in forest school, and a special visit by Jo’s parents who were visiting from Oz. Jo’s dad made tea in billie cans and made us traditional Australian damper bread and vegemite sandwiches.

The day was topped off with a BBQ and ice cream van, and a spectacular performance from our school band and a festival in Forest school.

International Award presentation Thursday 17th October 2017

On Thursday 17th October we went to Newcastle Tyne Theatre to be presented with our International Schools Award.

Liam and Eleanor went up on stage and had it presented by the Mayor and award winning BBC presenter and writer, Will Mallard.

We were given the award because we have an established international program including links with schools in other countries and an embedded international education across the whole school. ‘International days’ are held annually in school.

A special thanks to Eleanor and Liam, who were fantastic representatives of our Academy on the day.

International Day Monday 3rd July 2017

This year’s focus was Japan. In Humanities lessons, art, Music and dance we focused our learning on Japan. On Monday 3rd July we had Earth song music that came in and ran a fantastic and very loud Japanese drumming workshop. We also had the chance to listen to and play the Koto harp and flute whilst some pupils did a Japanese dance with fans and umbrellas.

Craig ran a sushi workshop and we were delighted to see nearly every pupil making some and many pupils ate it too.

Jack (one of our 6th form students) ran a karate workshop alongside Dan. This went down really well. He put us all through our paces and taught us the white kata.

We  also welcomed back staff from the Oriental Museum in Durham who ran art, language and culture workshops. We got to try on kimonos and some Japanese shoes. We also learnt the traditions of Japanese tea ceremony.


Link with Florida, USA

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Barbara Priestman now have a new partner school in Florida, USA.

Year 10 have started a pen pal link with pupils from their school so that we can compare and contrast school life. Staff are also working at developing the links between the two schools so that we can share good practise.

At Barbara Priestman we use Thinking Hats and Thinking Maps to help organise and plan out thoughts and ideas. We hope to share these tools with Palm Beach school so that their staff and pupils can benefit from them too.

Judith Stephenson  is in touch with their school and  hopes  to share our knowledge and  other fantastic tools that we use such as Dramatic enquiry and our P4C sessions.


International Day 2016 – China

This year we enjoyed an exciting International day working with Chinese musicians, dancers, martial arts specialists and we had the opportunity to work with professionals from the Oriental museum in Durham who brought some Chinese artefacts into school and taught us to make some brass rubbings and our very own Terracotta Warriors. The Summer term was spent learning about China in Geography, History and R.E. We also did work on Chinese poetry in English, learnt a Chinese dance in dance class and listened to Chinese music with Miss Landels. When the musicians came into school on International Day, we recognised the instruments and even got a chance to play them as a group.

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Lions of Zululand

Following the success of last years international day we were lucky enough to have another visit from the fabulous Lions of Zululand on 6th July 16!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Happy Days charity and Hays Travel who funded the entire day, we had an amazing day and really appreciate the generosity.

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Staff and pupils were involved in dance, music, culture and art workshops and everyone had great fun.

Chinese New Year 2015

As part of our International school programme we celebrated Chinese New Year by cooking and sampling traditional Chinese foods. Various activities have been taking place to celebrate. Our chef Craig and the NVQ Catering class have produced vegetable spring rolls, vegetable won tons and a fusion of Chinese and Indian oriental chicken samosas. Each student has had the opportunity to taste the produce created by our students.


International Day 2015

International food at Barbara Priestman.

In order to make pupils more aware of where the food they eat comes from, Craig has prepared new dinner menus with the flag of the country/ countries where the dish originates.

This is already proving a popular point for discussion amongst the pupils and staff.


During the Autumn term, Key Stage 3 looked at stories from around the world and we read several Indian folktales.We looked specifically at the story of Rama and Sita and enjoyed a visit from our friends at Sangini who came in and re told the story in full Indian dress. They brought with them Indian artefacts for the pupils to see and touch .


We also learnt about their religion and pupils had the opportunity to learn about and act out some of the rituals of Diwali.

International Day Friday 29th June 2012

Year 9 Class JD have been involved in researching Greek recipes for International Day. They made and tasted houmous and tzatziki.



• 2 (14 oz) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

• Juice from 1 lemon

• 1 1/4 cup of water

• 2 TB tahini

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 teaspoons ground cumin

• 1-2 garlic cloves

• Coarse salt and ground pepper


1. In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, oil, cumin, and garlic in the food processor. Puree, about 1 minute.

2. Begin to thin with water adding it in slowly until you reach the thickness/consistency you like. Season with salt and pepper and let cool; refrigerate, in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

Tzatziki – Cucumber Yogurt Dip


• 3 tbsp. olive oil

• 2 cloves garlic, minced finely

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1 cup greek yogurt, strained

• 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced

Preparation: Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the cucumber.

International School link with Rajkot, Gujerat India


In 2012, Denise and Carolyn had a fabulous opportunity to go to visit staff and pupils at Shri A V Jasani Vidyamandir School in Rajkot, Gujerat India. Then later that year we were lucky enough to have staff from the school come to visit us at Barbara Priestman Academy.

In the past we may have learned about different cultures from books, but by strengthening the link between our schools we will now have the opportunity to learn from personal experiences, from knowing the people and the places where they live.

This term we sent letters, videos and photographs to the pupils in India, sharing information about our food, music, dance and some classes have also sent pen pal letters. Thank you to all pupils who were involved in this and especially to Craig, Emily, Bethany and Chris for the work they put in. The teachers and pupils in India have just sent us an email to let us know that they were thrilled and enjoyed watching the videos and reading your letters.


Barbara Priestman Academy has now been awarded Fairtrade School status!
This is now known as the Fair Achiever Award.

Thanks to all the hard work from staff, pupils and staff in the café and canteen.
We have learnt a lot about the importance of Fairtrade and we hope that staff, parents and pupils will help us by continuing to support this project.
You can do this by buying Fairtrade products in the café and also when you go to the supermarket each week.

“Did you know that Sainsburys only sells Fairtrade bananas?” They sell an incredible 650 million Fairtrade bananas a year.  – Dominic Parkin