International Schools / Erasmus+
International links are a particularly strong focus at our school. Shoscombe has been the coordinating school for several successful EU funded Comenius Partnership projects, linking our school with others in France, Denmark, Ireland and Catalonia. These links have enabled pupils and teachers to learn about the language and culture of other countries in Europe. There have been many opportunities for the older children to travel to partner schools and for pupils of all ages to undertake project work linked to project aims back at our schools. There is a focus on cross curricular learning with a particular emphasis on the Arts, Outdoor Learning, New Technologies, MFL and Global Citizenship.
Comenius has now been replaced by a new EU initiative called Erasmus+. We are very excited to have been granted funding to coordinate a 2 year (2016 -2018) Erasmus+ project Connect and Unite. The project links our school and St Julian’s Wellow, with the following European partners
Ecole Lafon Feline, Le Bouscat, Bordeaux, France
Maristes Valldemia, Mataro, Barcelona, Catalonia
Arden Skole, Denmark
Maniaio 6th Primary School, Kalymnos Greece
St Julian’s Primary School
The theme for the first year of the Erasmus+ project is ‘Bridges’.
During the first mobility of the project, staff and pupils from Shoscombe and St Julian’s recently travelled to Bordeaux, to meet all our partners.
Together we explored the bridges over the river Garonne which flows through Bordeaux. We spent time with each other in the French school and with host families, establishing friendships that ‘bridge’ our countries.
Funded by the
of the European Union
In September 2016 Shoscombe was reaccredited with the Full International School Award for the third time. We first achieved this award back in 2010.
Below are some of the assessor comments reflecting on our international work over the past 3 years
‘Your school has been clearly committed to embedding the international dimension across the school in the last 3 years, …You have established partnerships with schools in the UK and Europe, and provide teachers and pupils with opportunities to enhance their global horizons. Your teachers ensure that pupils learn through a wide range of stimulating activities, which promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and they have enhanced their CPD through meeting teachers from partner schools abroad, observing different pedagogical methods, and being immersed in their local language and culture. Your international work has had great impact on the learning and engagement of pupils, improving their language, ICT and social skills, broadening their international dimension and increasing their motivation and confidence. Parents, the local community and everyone at Shoscombe are kept informed of your international work through newsletters, the school website and newsfeeds, displays in the school hall and classrooms, and by attending events at school. A number of families also host pupils from your partner schools abroad when they visit your school, and are involved in visit events in school…… In your ambassadorial role you have been the coordinating school for several successful Comenius projects, and have mentored/supported your link UK partner school in international work….Your international work has highlighted, e.g. the similarities and differences amongst people in the world, and the opportunities for global themed cross-curricular work, which increase pupil attainment in different subject areas. Your future plans include maintaining your international links, developing new links with the Dragonfly academy chain that your school is about to join, and continuing to provide an enriched education for your pupils that broadens awareness and knowledge of globalisation.