YOUNGSTERS at St Helens school have just won a top international salute.

Parish CoE Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The award is a badge of honour for schools that perform outstanding work in international education through links with partner schools overseas.

Parish School’s international work includes links with schools in Austria and China, via video conferencing, focus weeks and letter writing.

John Rolfe from the British Council, said: “Many congratulations on your well deserved success in being accredited with the British Council International School Award.

“The school’s fantastic work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too.

“Employers are telling us that international skills are just as important as exam results – so everything the school is doing is vital preparation for life in a global society and work in a global economy.

“2012 is a big year for the UK on the world’s stage, and the school deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of fantastic international work.’’ Councillor Alison Bacon, cabinet member for children and young people’s services added: “This is an outstanding achievement from Parish and all involved are to be congratulated.”

Jennifer Young, assistant head teacher, said: “We are so thrilled and delighted to receive this award and feel proud of our achievements.

“The children have enjoyed learning more about the lives of their friends in different countries and now realise their role as global citizens.”