North Cerney wins Global Neighbours Award

Published: Tuesday May 7, 2024

North Cerney CE Primary School in Cirencester has earned the Bronze Global Neighbours Award this school term.

The award is for successfully being part of the Global Neighbours Accreditation Scheme. It supports schools in making global citizenship education part of their curriculums.

Led by Christian Aid and the Church of England Education Office, it teaches students about poverty and injustice and empowers them to become agents of change.

For schools to achieve an award, structured into bronze, silver and gold levels, they must demonstrate show that they have adequately covered principles of leadership, teaching, collective worship, pupil engagement, and community involvement.

Only four schools have gained the award in the Diocese of Gloucester.

Alison Brown, Global Neighbours Schools Programme Officer said: “North Cerney has demonstrated outstanding courageous advocacy and global citizenship. For example, they wrote persuasive letters to local MP’s about littering in the village, which resulted in the council being instructed to put in place new bins.”

Ellie de Carles, leader of Global Neighbours at North Cerney, said: “We have dedicated time to look at our curriculum and find ways to link learning with global topics, including issues that children wouldn’t normally be exposed to.”

North Cerney headteacher, Suki Pascoe, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the award. It was clear that the scheme aligned very closely with our vision, ‘A caring Christian community where every child achieves a love of life and of learning’.”

Rachel Howie, CEO of The Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust, said: “I am really proud. As a Trust we want our children to have a deeper understanding of global injustice and become people who have ambitions to change the world, and North Cerney are doing just that.”



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