Staff and children at Cherry Grove Primary School are celebrating after becoming one of only two schools in Cheshire to be shortlisted for a prestigious national education award.

The school in Boughton is one of just eight schools in the country to be nominated in the International (including Modern Foreign Languages) category of the TES (Times Educational Supplement) Awards.

The annual awards celebrate the vision, commitment and outstanding contribution made by schools not only in the classroom but also the wider community.

Teacher and international and rights respecting schools co-ordinator Roz Artist was prompted to make the nomination after a very successful and exciting year for the school in the area of global citizenship.

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Cherry Grove Primary School teacher Roz Artist, Professor Milene Pinheiro, lead teacher - UME Joao Ramalho Sao Paolo, Karen Smale head of RD and Sylvie Beuzit second deputy head of Upton High School
Cherry Grove Primary School teacher Roz Artist, Professor Milene Pinheiro, lead teacher - UME Joao Ramalho Sao Paolo, Karen Smale head of RD and Sylvie Beuzit second deputy head of Upton High School

Highlights of the school year include: a performance by Key Stage 2 children at the Royal Opera House of a dance on the theme of protecting children in times of war, inspired by the book Oranges in No Man’s Land; an exchange by teachers at Cherry Grove to their partner school in Sao Paulo, Brazil through the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme and the lobbying of politicians as part of the Send my Friend to school campaign.

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The school has a strong UNICEF and International ambassador’s team who run whole school assemblies and events to raise awareness of global issues and the timetable is sometimes collapsed for children to take part in global activities such as International Education Week and Global Goals. Children and members of the student-led Sports Council have worked to raise awareness for One Goal through organising sporting tournaments.

This is not the first recognition the school has received for its work on global learning.

Cherry Grove has been awarded the British Council Intermediate International Schools Award in recognition of the global curriculum, Mrs Artist was a finalist in the Think Global “Global Teacher Award” and the school was awarded the Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award where the rights of the child are placed at the heart of everything that happens within the school.

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Headteacher Michael Bousfield said: “Our children are part of a big wide world, and we make sure that they are aware of how they can play a full part in it. This aspect of our work has had an incredible effect on the children’s confidence, engagement and their ability to form and express opinions. Every day our children and staff make me proud. To have our work recognized at this level is a fantastic bonus.”

The award ceremony will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on Friday, June 24.