Brentford School for Girls prides itself on being at the heart of the local community and we work with a number of local primary schools on a variety of projects including Mathematics, Science and Art. We contribute to local events whenever possible. Recently these have included the Brentford Street Market, the ‘Brentford is Brilliant’ marketing campaign and the British Legion’s anniversary celebrations. Some of our students have completed projects in partnership with the Royal Opera House and others were involved in the Brentford leg of the London 2012 torch relay.
Further afield, we have links with schools across the world, most notably Kayonza Secondary Modern School in Rwanda. Our Rwandan colleagues have visited us to contrast and compare educational approaches, and teachers from Brentford have visited Rwanda. Other staff have visited schools in countries as far afield as Australia, India, Sweden and Slovakia in order to share teaching ideas and learn from one another. We host frequent visitors from countries including China, Denmark and Malaysia, while also continuing to develop educational and humanitarian projects in Nepal and Uganda.
In 2014, students from Brentford completed a two-year exchange programme with counterparts from France and Sweden, working together on an anti-xenophobia project which has been published online. We also ran an international project in India last academic year, staff and students visited Amritsar to see schools and to carry out voluntary work at an Eye Camp in the Punjab. Fundraising towards causes in India are an ongoing commitment and we hope to return in 2016-17. We have been recognised for our international work by the British Council and reaccredited for the the International Schools Award.
In 2015-16 we took on the mantle of becoming the Global Learning Programme Expert Centre for West London, a national scheme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and supported and partnered by Oxfam, Pearsons and a range of globally minded organisation. This is a pivotal role leading a network of 17 schools both Primary and Secondary across three London Boroughs providing professional development for teacher and other staff in global learning and development education. This year we are planning a student and staff conference on humans rights, gender and poverty and globalisation.