School strengthens cultural and community links

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A Bury St Edmunds school has strengthened its community and international links following an award win and welcoming visitors from across the globe.

Sexton’s Manor Primary scooped the judges discretionary accolade in Bury in Bloom’s Young Green Fingers initiative for outstanding outdoor learning.

The judges were impressed by the school’s plastic bottle greenhouse.

Furthering their community outreach, residents from Risby Hall nursing home were invited to see pupils practise their dance steps with The Royal Ballet.

Sexton’s Manor has ongoing links with the home, which led to head Debbie Knight, a teaching assistant and three pupils being invited to the annual Partnership in Care Awards ceremony at the Athenaeum.

Broadening their cultural outlook, Year 4 pupils enjoyed a visit by 14 Chinese students, who were taking part in an exchange with King Edward VI School.

Meanwhile, the school also welcomed a Rwandan teacher from Kigali, which they have sponsored for the last three years. It was part of a larger visit by Rwandan teachers to schools across West Suffolk.