The International School Award (ISA)

The International School Award (ISA) is an accreditation scheme which recognizes curriculum-based work with an international focus.

Sirius Academy was awarded the ISA at re-accreditation level in September 2014 through its achievements in enriching student's lives by encouraging them to build an awareness of global issues through collaborative and curriculum based activities and international visits. This mark of good practice has been reassessed and renewed in 2017 and involves the mentoring of other schools through personal support or CPD sessions and workshops, like the very successful British Council information workshop hosted by Sirius Academy on the 21st of March 2017.

Claudia Lorenz, the International Co-ordinator and also a British Council Ambassador, attended the Award Ceremony in Newcastle to receive the well-deserved certificate for outstanding contributions to the International and global dimension.

Developing the International Dimension

Link with partner school in Malaga:
We have a well-established link with I.E.S Cala de Mijas which is a bilingual teaching centre near Malaga. 40% of their students are of British origin as many British families have made their home in the South of Spain. This partner school is one of the schools involved in the Erasmus funded SPACE project. Further information on :

Continuing the link with partner school in Rmeich, Lebanon
Sirius Academy received a grant for a reciprocal visit for teachers from both Sirius Academy and Our Lady of Annunciation which is a link managed by Sandy Marrow. We welcomed a group of Lebanese teachers from the partner school in 2015 and project work is still going on between the two schools.

6th form students collaborate with students from Hanns-Seidel-Gymnasium Hösbach
Several students from Year 12 were invited to attend a fully funded Youth Conference in Berlin on the future of Europe meeting students from Hanns-Seidel Gymnasium at the event. All students enjoyed the collaboration during the event and the small snapshots they saw of Berlin. There is still some project work going on with the Gymnasium and younger students participating in a penpal scheme.

CCC – Cross-curricular Collaboration
A group of teachers led by Claudia Lorenz are working together to develop not only cross-curricular links in their own teaching but are also trying to add international and global links to their projects. In the past few years this dedicated group has organised a yearly “International Christmas Market” advertising customs and traditions from different countries around the world, a fabulous event called “Tour de Sirius” focusing on the sport of cycling, fitness and endurance and other projects focusing on global themes. Additionally, all members have been trained in one of the British Council supported Core Skills which support the international dimension and are a prerequisite to applying for Connecting Classrooms funding.

Link with partner school in Gurukul,Dang, Nepal
Sirius Academy is proud to announce collaboration with a new partner school, Gurukul Academy in Dang, Nepal which began in April 2017. Alison Ollerhead in Art and Matthew O’Neill in English are working with Basant Rijal, the international coordinator at Gurukul. An application for a funded Connecting Classrooms visit has been made and we are awaiting the outcome. An application for a funded Connecting Classrooms visit has been approved and both teachers will be on the plane to Nepal in the February holidays!

Link with partner school Adolfo Lopez Mateos in Sinaloa, Mexico
Several years ago we received project funding to work with this school in Mexico and did a lovely project on comparing traditions and festivals. This comprised a visit for two members of staff to Mexico to experience Day of the Dead and a return visit of Yanely Gasca to Sirius Academy to participate in Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. Jo Dos Reis Silva has kept the contact going and we are hoping for another project in the future.

Link with Family Foundation Secondary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone
As part of Hull’s City of Culture 2017 programme, the British Council partnered up 7 schools in Freetown and Hull to work together on a project called “Rivers of the World”. Rachel Fussey, co-ordinated the project which led to fantastic artwork produced by our students which is now exhibited outside the National Theatre in London alongside the artwork produced by the Freetown partner school. This exhibition has now come to Hull and everybody can see the beautiful pieces of work displayed in our city. Claudia Lorenz and Rachel Fussey also ran a workshop for primary students exploring the theme of river pollution through art and creativity leading to excellent pieces of art.

Erasmus Key Action 2 funding for Space Project with partner schools in Spain, Portugal, Holland and Lithuania
Hot of the press is the news that Sirius Academy have been fortunate in securing a very generous grant to collaborate on a SPACE project with three other European schools. This project explores all aspects of space and space travel and provides funding for both staff and student mobility, so that a true exchange of ideas and a sense of collaboration can be achieved. Andrew Wilkinson in Science is co-ordinating the Science aspects supported by staff from other faculties who are working on subthemes like creating a project logo and writing a space anthem. Staff visited Vilnius in Lithuania in December and the first full meeting including staff and students from all participating countries will be held in Hull in February.

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