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Bedford High students win Leigh school top international award from British Council
6:40am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A LEIGH school has built up an international reputation through its students involcement with different languages, countries and cultures.
Bedford High School excursions have included parties jetting off to New York and language students enjoy an annual cultural expedition to Barcelona.
Strong links have been forged with College Jean Jacques Rousseau in South East France and the school plans to set up a video conference with a school in Polynesia.
All that work hasn’t gone unnoticed and Bedford has been awarded the coveted International School Award by the British Council.
Languages teacher Chris Leonard said: “We place a great emphasis on encouraging all our students to broaden their horizons and think about other countries and cultures.
“Many of our young people are taking French and Spanish as part of their options. Learning a language is a real asset for our young people. In an increasingly global environment it opens our young up to a wealth of new opportunities. Recent research has suggested that language skills can help boost your earning potential by as much as £5,000 a year, so it really is worthwhile.”
The school itself has become an increasingly diverse environment. Students from families settling in Leigh from overseas means that there are now 17 different languages being spoken by Bedford's student body.
Year 11 language student Cherie Beatty said: “Learning about how different cultures work is really important. We have to appreciate that the world is a really big place and we can only understand each if we take the time to learn a bit more about each other."
Fellow student Rob Evans wants the skills he is learning to really work for him.
“I am hoping to become a translator,” said Rob. “Learning languages is a must for me but it is also great to learn about different cultures.”
Proud head teacher Helen Phillips said: “It is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students that we have been able to achieve this prestigious award.”
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