Application for the September 2019/2020 academic session is closed.  2020/2021 will open soon

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that showcase outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

The British Council International School Award started in 1999 to recognise the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people. It is managed by the British Council.

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as United Kingdom, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community

How to apply?

To apply, download and fill out the form in the downloads section and submit completed form to Please read the ISA Guidance manual before submitting an application.

Registration fee is £1,000 (Naira equivalent at British Council May bookkeeping rate of N485/£1). Amount payable- N485,000.000 (Four Hundred and Eighty-Five Thousand Naira Only)

***Cambridge Associate schools who are members of the British Council Partner Schools Global Network  (PSGN) are entitled to a discount of £200. The amount payable- N388,000.000 (Three Hundred and Eighty-Eight Thousand Naira Only)

Participation opened to the first 20 schools.



ISA 2017/18 Award Recipients

In 2018, eight schools in Nigeria were awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of their work to bringing the world into the classroom.

  • Child of Promise School, Lagos
  • Hallmark School, Lagos
  • Linsy High School, Lagos
  • Linsy Nursery & Primary School, Lagos
  • M.D. School, Lagos
  • Olumawu School, Abuja
  • Riverside Montessori School, Ogun
  • Supreme Education Foundation Schools, Lagos

Some of the range of international work taken on by the various schools included ‘Creating Wealth from Waste’, ‘Cultural Diversity’, ‘Learn my Language’, ‘Life in Slums’, ‘Child Labour’, ‘Saving the Girl Child’, ‘Nature Conservation & Natural Resources’ and “Sustaining World Peace’.

ISA 2016/17 Award Recipients

The award recipients for 2017 were:

  • Hallel College, Port-Harcourt
  • Redeemer’s International Secondary School, Lagos
  • Oxbridge College, Lagos
  • Start-rite Schools, Abuja

ISA 2015/16 Award Recipients

The award recipients for 2016 were:

  • Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesa, Osun
  • Life Forte International High School, Ibadan
  • STEE International School, Lagos
  • Charles Dale Memorial International School, Port-Harcourt

ISA 2014/15 Award Recipients

The award recipients for 2015 were:

  • Glisten International Academy, Abuja
  • Grace Schools, Gbagada, Lagos
  • Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School, Port-Harcourt
  • CITA International School, Port-Harcourt