International and European Studies

Erasmus+ Projects

Furness Academy is currently a partner in six Erasmus+ projects. These projects are:
  • 3D Printing for Kids- Developing the use of 3D printers in the curriculum
  • SWITCH- Encouraging students to "switch" to healthier lifestyles
  • eDUCATE- Using drama to learn European values
  • EuJoMa- Researching the European job market
  • Splendour of Nature- Learning about our environment and the impact we have
  • Different Roots- Recognising the importance of cultural heritage

Our partners in these projects are spread out across Europe, from Spain and Portugal to Greece and Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Macedonia, Germany, France and many more.

We have submitted a number of bids in the 2020 Call for Applications, with a hope of starting these September 2020.

German Exchange Programme

Furness Academy is a proud member of a German exchange programme, welcoming students and staff to our school from Germany and reciprocating with visits to our partner school in Rodgau.

In September 2019, we hosted our first ever German exchange visit and in February 2020, our students made a return visit to the Georg-Buchner Schule, in Rodgau. We are proud of our growing connection with this school and hope to make the German Exchange an annual programme.

International School and eTwinning School Status

Furness Academy is proud to hold the foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Over the last three years, Furness Academy has worked hard to become an international school. Our Erasmus+ projects are a new venture for us and require a high level of cooperation between our own staff and those in schools across Europe. However, the experiences provided to our students and shared knowledge gained by our staff is worth the work. We are pleased to be able to offer these opportunities and are thrilled that our work as an International school has been recognised.

In March 2020, the UK National Agency granted Furness Academy with an eTwinning School Award, giving us eTwinning School status. We are one of only 23 schools in the UK with this title and 2139 across all of Europe. It’s an amazing achievement. 

We were recognised for our approach to eTwinning in particular through:

• our high quality, impactful projects with other schools in Europe
• the impact these projects have had on our students
• our school’s approach to eSafety
• involvement in eTwinning events and training activities
• the work we have done to promote our eTwinning work with others