Building relations with International community

Headteacher Jeremy Newnham and science teacher Jo Biglands with, from left, Annie Dolby, James Robertson and Cameron Clark, some of the students who took part in the visit to Finland. (Lin)
Headteacher Jeremy Newnham and science teacher Jo Biglands with, from left, Annie Dolby, James Robertson and Cameron Clark, some of the students who took part in the visit to Finland. (Lin)
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AS part of Caistor Yarborough Academy’s International GCSE (IGCSE) in global Perspectives, students had the opportunity to visit a partner school in Padasjoki, Finland.

Now in its fourth year at the Academy, the IGCSE course enables students to build international partnerships with other schools, keeping in contact via the internet to work collaboratively.

A total of 11 students, accompanied by two members of staff, visited Finland for ten days, staying with the families of students they have been working with as part of their Bilateral Comenius project.

Year 11 student Cameron Clark said: “It was interesting to see their schools, which are much smaller than ours, having about 200 students.

“It appears students have more freedom and influence on their schools, creating a mutual working environment.”

During the visit, students had tours of Padasjoki, learning about the similarities and differences within farming and agriculture of England and Finland.

Teacher Jo Biglands said: “Students thoroughly enjoyed staying with host families and were given a warm welcome from everyone.

“They have formed some fantastic friendships which I am sure will continue for some time to come and it was lovely to 
hear some of the students 
discussing re-visiting the families in the future.”

Headteacher Jeremy Newnham said of the visit: “Students were a credit to us and fabulous ambassadors for young people and the UK.”