International Education and Education for Mutual Understanding

Pupils come to Grosvenor from a variety of geographical areas and social backgrounds and the school seeks to establish positive and constructive relationships with the local community, with feeder schools, with the wider community of North and Mid Down and East and South Belfast and, beyond that, to an international community.

Grosvenor is committed to respecting and valuing the diversity which exists in the wider community and believes that all pupils need to experience a school environment where differences are respected and valued and the principles of equal opportunity are actively seen to be at work in the School’s ethos and procedures.

The School is proud of its involvement in various local, national and international schemes and projects which promote the international dimension and which enable pupils to develop personally, as world citizens and in an increasingly competitive international workplace. The Board of Governors strongly supports the efforts of the staff and pupils in these areas of the curriculum.

The following provides a snapshot of links and/or initiatives:

  • The school holds the British Council International School Award and many links have been established throughout Europe and beyond, for example through our involvement with Comenius projects;
  • The School has recently been appointed as one of the eight Confucius Classroom Hub Schools in Northern Ireland. Language and cultural classes will be delivered in Grosvenor and in the partner schools (Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Lagan College, Orangefield Primary School and Gilnahirk Primary School).   This programme is to be extended to further primary schools during the 2015/16 academic year.                
  • The long-established partnership with Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock and Lagan College continues to develop through funding provided by the Community Relations, Equality and Diversity (CRED) and the Shared Education projects.
  • The French, German and Spanish departments have established links with schools abroad; home-stay exchanges and/or languages trips take place in all languages; the Modern Languages Department organises annual Carol Services in French, German and Spanish;
  • The School Choir sang in front of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip at Hillsborough Castle at the event to mark the 30th Anniversary of Co-Operation Ireland; choirs and ensembles are involved in a wide range of events from charities to weddings;
  • Gillespie Gap Year Award Scheme - Dr Alan Gillespie, a former pupil, has made available £1500 per year in order to encourage and assist Sixth Formers in taking a gap year.  Former pupils Elaine Moore and Reg Smyth have also provided money for travel bursaries in Modern Languages and Geography respectively.
  • Pupils are involved in many cross-border or international projects: Spirit of Enniskillen, Rotary International, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Civic Link;
  • The school runs an annual ski-trip (or in some cases two per year);
  • Three Grosvenor pupils have spent an academic year at the prestigious Lawrenceville High School, USA, before going up to university;
  • Grosvenor was the first grammar school in the UK to be awarded the coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag for its environmental achievement;  
  • The School welcomes foreign pupils and visitors and has a regular stream of pupils, students, teachers, educationalists and sporting teams from foreign lands. They represent many denominations and creeds, as well as numerous different countries.