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Windsor High School and Sixth Form Joins Global Community of Schools

Windsor High School and Sixth Form join the PASCH schools network.

Windsor High School and Sixth Form has become part of a select group of global schools by joining the Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) initiative.

The school has become only the twelfth school in the UK and the first within the West Midlands to join the PASCH initiative, which connects young people worldwide through its network of 2,000 schools across 100 countries. 

The initiative, which the German Federal Foreign Office launched in 2008, was founded to create and strengthen a global network of partner schools that have special links to Germany. Windsor High School and Sixth Form places a high value on foreign languages and international culture. The school offers German as an option for school and sixth form students, hosts extracurricular language clubs, has over 30 student German ambassadors and runs regular trips to Germany.

The PASCH initiative will further expand the school’s cultural education and provide extraordinary opportunities for students. This includes summer schools, placements with world-leading companies and the chance to study at German universities through a PASCH scholarship.

A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at Windsor High School and Sixth Form with representatives from the German Embassy, Goethe Institute, the Mayor of Dudley and Windsor Academy Trust CEO Dawn Haywood attending. The ceremony included dance, music and poetry performances from students and speaking at the event, Headteacher Stephen Lanckham said:

“We want our students’ time at our school to be full of exciting and diverse cultural and life experiences, so they can fulfil their academic and personal potential and develop into global citizens.

“The PASCH initiative will provide incredible opportunities for our students, allowing them to engage with a global network of young people and schools working together to boost language skills and promote intercultural exchange.” 

Julia Gross, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy London, said:

“The willingness to look outwards, engage, and learn is very much in keeping with the Windsor way, which promotes respect and responsibility. These values make the school a great fit for the PASCH network.”

Dawn Haywood, CEO at Windsor Academy Trust, said:

“We want students to aspire and become all and more than they ever thought they could be. The PASCH partnership will support this aim, building meaningful connections worldwide and providing exceptional opportunities for students across our family of schools”.

At the launch we also had 2 Alumni guest speakers who spoke about how studying German at Windsor helped them get to where they are today. 

Chadsley Atkins now works as a Senior Associate at PWC and during his speech spoke about how he had used German in his career journey so far. He also spoke of his experience of working at the Goethe-Institut.

Isobel Cooper is now studying at the University of Oxford and thanks Windsor for the help and support which got her to where she is today. Isobel now reads English and German at the University of Oxford and spoke about how Windsor’s commitment to teaching German A level allowed her to go on to study the language at degree level, an opportunity which would not have been afforded to her at many other sixth forms and colleges. 

Very motivating and inspiring - thank you to everyone involved.

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