Northfleet college first in Gravesham to achieve World School Status
PUBLISHED: 15:36 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2016
The award is part of the highly respected International Baccalaureate programme
A Gravesham college has become the first school in the borough to be awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status.
Northfleet Technology College (NTC) has joined a growing group of more than 4,000 schools offering IB programmes in 147 different countries.
NTC has been running an IB Careers Programme for four years, in a partnership with Dane Court Grammar School.
The World School award means the institution will now be able to expand and develop the IB courses it offers, working with other local schools in Gravesham to develop their own IB pathways and courses.
The IB is a challenging but rewarding programme of study that is broader than the A-level curriculum and encourages students to think independently and be creative.
It provides pupils with opportunities that go far beyond the classroom, allowing them to participate in international conferences.
Meanwhile, teachers work with their peers across the globe to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.
The qualification is highly regarded by universities and can be an advantage if a youngster wishes to study at a higher education institution overseas.
Headteacher Jane Partridge said: “We wanted to offer our students a more holistic education which will instil in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world.
“At the same time, we wanted to give our teachers the opportunity to be a part of an international network of experts leading the field in education. We are delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the programme.”
Adrian Kearney, regional director IB Africa, Europe, Middle East, commented: “The IB is recognised across the world for its innovative approach to education. We strongly believe that it is important to place an equal focus on academics and other, transferable skills, in order to best prepare students for success beyond school.
“After taking part in a pilot scheme, Northfleet Technology College has now successfully completed the authorisation process and can continue offering the IB. This marks an exciting time for the school and more importantly, for the growing number of students who will benefit from an IB education.”