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International Schools Award

We are thrilled to announce that on September 1st 2019 we achieved International School Award accreditation. We are really proud of the positive comments from the assessor when considering our proposal:

This is аn excellent application from Oxhey Wood Primary School which meets the criteria for the International School Award. Well done for achieving this and also for taking advice from the feedback on the Action Pan back in December 2018. Overall this is a great example of the collaboration between schools over 1000 miles apart. All the required elements are in the application with some really interesting and relevant activities spread across all classes and the whole academic year. There is an informative introduction and referencing to the SEF and the MAT. The assessor particularly liked the project engagement with Heritage England and its special award, the first he has seen in several years of scrutinising International School Award applications. The programme covers all ages and is spread throughout the academic year. The first seven very varied international dimension activities are collaborative with a school in Tenerife, with excellent evidence in places e.g. ‘I know they have some lessons the same as us’ ‘We have playing fields but they have a huge sports hall’ ‘I am so excited because me and my Spanish penfriend are both Harry potter fans and we both support football teams!’ ‘I liked emailing my penfriend because it makes me want to learn more Spanish – I can go to Spain and I know what to say!’ ”. Several included Spanish language activity e.g. at the Spanish breakfast “Children asked what they would like to buy in Spanish and the guests were encouraged to use the target language in response”. The impact of a visit by 15 children to Tenerife has clearly been great. All the necessary impact evaluations are present in the application, although perhaps there could have been more brief quotes here from pupils, teachers and parents, perhaps even in Spanish. Interestingly there are no references in the application to the teaching of French, the main Modern Foreign Language at Oxhey Wood. Аnd finally, a possible addition to the ‘future plans’ paragraph would be that a part of the Oxhey Wood Primary School website should include easy-to-find references to this project, maybe written in both English and Spanish. This tab should include both the classroom activities and the references to any project funded by the British Council. Congratulations to all involved in this excellent example of international education in action! “


Who do you think you are?

Following a successful bid in March 2018 for EU funding which resulted in the awarding of an unprecedented grant of almost 200,000 Euros, four Watford primary schools have had an exciting year working together on an international cultural heritage project called “Who Do We Think We Are?”


Heritage Boxes SHaring Assembly (1)

Tenerife Study Tour May 2019


In May 2019 fifteen children from Oxhey Wood, alongside 15 children from Bromet primary, embarked on a one-in-a-lifetime trip to Tenerife. Made possible by Erasmus+ funding, this study tour allowed our children to experience life in another country, attending school, visiting sites of geological interest, sampling the food and even finding time for some football on the beach! Upon their return the children produced an assembly which they shared with pupils in school before visiting a partner Watford school to speak there about their experiences.

Tenerife study tour Assembly