Top award for globally minded Portsmouth High School girls’

Headteacher Howard Payne with (left) Lenny Horrell, 10, Ryan Hooper, seven, and the signed ball.   Picture: Sarah Standing (170829-4028)

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PUTTING international links high on its agenda has earned a girls’ school a prestigious award.

Portsmouth High School in Southsea has won the British Council’s International School Award, which acknowledges its work bringing the world into the classroom.

During the past year, students have worked on a Connecting Classrooms project which links them up to youngsters in Senegal and Ethiopia via Skype.

Pupil Grace Tarr, 14, said: ‘We found lots to laugh about with the Senegalese pupils, using a mixture of French and English.’

The school has fostered strong links with France, Spain and Germany on trips.

Susie Humphries, head of languages, said: ‘We’re very proud to receive this award and our international work will continue.

‘This award recognises how our girls have responded to and changed their perceptions of people’s lives in other countries, broadening their international outlook and, in turn, enriching their own lives and sensibilities.’

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