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International Award for MVC

16th July 2018

Melbourn Village College has been accredited with the full International School Award.

The award, which is a globally recognised accreditation handed out by the British Council, celebrates the school’s international work.

Melbourn is already at the forefront of Mandarin language teaching and was the first school in Cambridgeshire to offer the Chinese language as part of the curriculum two years ago. They are now part of the Mandarin Excellence Program which helps fast-track learners to taking GCSE up to two years early.

As part of The Cam Academy Trust, it is hoped to establish an exchange programme with a school in Beijing following a visit there by Trust staff earlier in the year.

For the past two years Melbourn has also hosted a group of Chinese students Suzhou for 10 weeks, buddying them with Melbourn students and enabling them to be fully immersed in the English education system.

Melbourn also teaches Spanish as a second language from Year 7 and have a number of exchange and cultural visits with schools in Santander as well as a Year 8 trip to Comillas and a Year 10 work experience opportunity in the same area of Cantabria.

Melbourn Principal Simon Holmes said: “We are delighted to have achieved this award. We are very proud of the school’s international outlook and, in particular, our ground-breaking Mandarin programme.”

One of the five principles of The Cam Academy Trust is The International Principle which says that education must have an international outlook and it is hoped that all schools in the Trust will achieve the British Council’s award. 

Melbourn will now be accredited from September 2018 until August 2021.

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