In 2022, we achieved the Full International School Award, which is an amazing achievement! This is what the committee had to say about our school:

“St John Fisher and St Thomas More Primary School has successfully met the accreditation criteria for the full International School Award. Your school has an international partnership with a school in South Africa, although the pandemic has created barriers to getting this link as active as you planned. Although communication has clearly been a challenge there is evidence that the pupils have been able to exchange some information from their shared activities. Your pupils completed an impressive range of activities that allowed them to learn about some important global issues and to take action. The language-based activity was imaginative and it is hoped that the partnership with a French school will be successful and that your pupils will be able to improve their French language skills in the future. Your report highlights the inquisitive nature of your pupils, which is a credit to the ethos of enquiry that you have encouraged within the school. Congratulations, I am confident that your future international activities will foster global citizenship in your pupils.”

So what is the International School Award?

Through the British Council, The International School Award rewards schools that have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within school.

Schools have to work collaboratively and develop curriculum-based work with a number of international partner schools.

Our curriculum has recently been redesigned with increasing opportunities for our pupils to learn about important aspects of human life and its history; exploring issues of concern, addressing global issues and celebrating and reinforcing achievements of humanity. With our partner schools, we wish for our children to learn together and learn from one another.

Our Partner Schools

We have an international school in South Africa.

Seotloana Primary School is in Tembisa, Johannasberg. It has 38 teachers and 1190 students.

We hope teachers from our school can visit Seotloana Primary School in the forthcoming year, and likewise, teachers from South Africa can come and visit us here in Manchester.


Our International Curriculum

Our curriculum supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations

in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.



There are 17 SDG’s and these are woven throughout our curriculum.

To show we are commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding throughout school, and to provide our children with opportunities to learn about important aspects of human life and its history, we have created eight themes.

Within each theme there are numerous activities that we hope will help us all in making a difference and to make a better world by 2030.

Activity List

Activity 1: World Languages

Activity 2: World Faiths

Activity 3: Fairtrade

Activity 4: World Book Day

Activity 5: Sustainable Foods

Activity 6: Nelson Mandela

Activity 7: Equality in Sport

Activity 8: Our World Recipe Book