European teachers visit town as guests of St Hugh’s school

Teachers from five countries across Europe gather at the Mayor's Parlour in Grantham.
Teachers from five countries across Europe gather at the Mayor's Parlour in Grantham.
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TEACHERS from schools across Europe paid Grantham a visit, hosted by West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s.

The visit was part of the Grantham school’s ongoing project ‘Green Way’ on the topic of sustainability in the environment.

It is a two-year project embarked upon by the schools, which is funded by the European Union’s ‘Lifelong Learning Programme’.

The schools involved are from Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Each school in turn hosts up to four students and four staff from each visiting party and plans an itinerary of working days in the school plus cultural activities, all over five days.

One such cultural activity here in Grantham was a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour, which included a tour of the Guildhall Arts Centre.

Tracy Hobson, St Hugh’s European co-ordinator, said: “The students have an excellent and enjoyable time in each country, learning about the culture, the food and the language. The fact that they stay with host families only adds to this valuable experience.”

School principal Louise Bennett added: “The project work the schools are doing fosters excellent relations throughout Europe and as well as working hard towards an end product, participants are encouraged to learn about and respect each other’s cultures which as a ‘Rights Respecting School’ we feel is an extremely important part of our students’ development.”