Sidcot School, one of the country’s most progressive independent schools, has been awarded the coveted status of Changemaker School by the world-renowned Ashoka organisation.

The award puts Sidcot amongst only 15 schools in the UK and 280 globally to have achieved the status, which acknowledges those schools that have social entrepreneurship and a global perspective at the heart of their educational philosophy.

The award was presented to Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick and Director of Peace and Global Studies Miriam Gosling at a special Ashoka event at the Royal Society of Arts. Mr Kilpatrick is delighted that the school’s work embedding global citizenship into its educational philosophy has been acknowledged in this way and sets out the future for Sidcot, saying: “Traditionally Quakers have always been social entrepreneurs leading change and fighting for new and exciting causes. We are determined to bring this ethos into the 21st century by providing our students with an alternative viewpoint of the world. Changemaker is not a new phrase or idea at Sidcot but a common topic within our school community – all our students are taught to believe they too can be changemakers.”

Ashoka has recently been voted the sixth most influential non-government organisation in the world, bringing even greater credence to this prestigious accolade. The Ashoka Changemaker School network identifies, connects and supports innovative schools around the world empowering their pupils by equipping them with core skills such as empathy, teamwork, leadership and creativity enabling them to work successfully in rapidly changing environments.

For further information about Sidcot School or The Ashoka organisation, visit sidcot.org.uk and uk.ashoka.org