'A Global School in a Local Community’ is our motto and across the school this is embraced fully in all departments. We currently hold the International Schools Award which means that we have international ethos embedded across the curriculum.

The majority of our pupils within the school are impacted by and involved in international work.

We have collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools in several countries including the USA, South Africa, India and Malaysia. We also have year-round international activity through ECM days, charity work and other events. Royal Wootton Bassett Academy has many international links with various countries across the world. Students have spent time in the USA, Canada, Belgium, Spain, China, Germany and France within the few years which has benefitted their education and development. We also have links with Sweden, Singapore, Bangladesh and have hosted teachers and students from these respective countries.

In the last six months we have established a new link with Royal Wootton Bassett’s twin town Blain in France which we hope will be long lasting link between the two towns. We have completed building a school in Tamu, Burma through the Stand by Me charity, and pupil from RWBA write to the pupils in Tamu. Below is a letter received after a donation to the Stand by Me Shoe Christmas Appeal.

Message From Burma

Dear Hester and everyone at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much for your kind donation towards the Stand by Me Shoe Christmas Appeal. Your generosity and compassion help to ensure that all 3,500 in our care received new shoes at Christmas.

Shoes mean so much to the health of needy children, they can sometimes prevent premature deaths and debilitating sickness. They always give a child pride, a sense of self worth and enable them to walk with dignity.

Thank you for always considering the children of Stand by Me, especially those in Tamu who now have an amazing purpose built school, a quality education and each a brand new pair of shoes because of you. In Tamu the joy of new shoes has brought great excitement and pleasure to the needy children, many of whom have never owned new shoes before and some who were receiving shoes for the very first time. The children were able to go to the local market to try on and choose their new pair of shoes, not only did this ensure each child had a pair of shoes to fit and protect their feet but also a pair of shoes that they like and feel proud wearing. Rather than me trying to express how happy you have made the children in Tamu, let me quote some of the children in their own words:

“I have been dreaming of new shoes for Christmas since my earlier years. Now this comes true. I am on new shoes. This Christmas is meaningful for me.” Cing Sian Sung.

“My feet are beautiful. I feel I am a child of the king. Thank you.” Aung Than Oo.

“I am the happiest person in the world. Look, my feet are on new shoes!” Dal Sian Khual.

I have also attached four photographs of the children in Tamu. I hope you enjoy seeing the children’s smiles; their joy and appreciation expresses their thankfulness much better than I can.

Once again thank you for choosing to help the children in the care of Stand by Me, your love and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Rebekah Adams