A SCHOOL in Worcester has received an International School Award from the British Council thanks to its partnership with a French school.

RGS The Grange was given the award for its work with Collège Notre Dame in Cysoing, near Lille.

Exchanges between the pupils ranged from sending videos of pupils singing the English and French alphabet and pen pals spelling out celebrity’s names in English and French, to letter exchanges where the schools compared handwriting.

The school said it shared videos of everyday family lives and exchanged gifts that represented the school, Worcestershire and the UK.

Pupils finally met each other at Parc d’Olhain, during RGS The Grange pupils’ French residential trip to Le Touquet.

Pupils sang a French song called ‘Vois sur ton Chemin’ and their French counterparts sang English songs.

The British Council praised RGS The Grange for embedding “an international perspective to the curriculum and ethos of the School,” with activities that are “stimulating and motivating for all with real engagement and enjoyment engendered and language skills greatly improved through real-life and meaningful communication.”

Gareth Hughes, Headmaster at RGS The Grange Headmaster, said: “Giving our children an education that captivates their minds and brings them a sense of joy and a desire to learn is very important to us.

“It is just the beginning of our international adventure and we cannot wait to see where the next chapter will take us!”