LINKS with fellow pupils across the world have helped Portchester Sports College in Bournemouth to become an International School.

Students have already made contact with young people in France, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Turkey and are involved in projects including exchange visits.

Their efforts were rewarded when they scooped the accolade from the British Council and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

“Education is not just about giving our pupils the tools to live in our culture, but they must also contribute as global citizens” said the Harewood Avenue school’s international co-ordinator Mark Harding.

“More than ever we are living in a global village and we’re thrilled to now be an International School.”

The boys also enjoyed an International Day with neighbouring Avonbourne School, attended by African musician Noah Messomo.