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Bury St Edmunds upper school greets Shanghai students for ninth exchange

A Bury St Edmunds upper school has welcomed a group of students from Shanghai in the ninth year of an ‘ambitious’ educational partnership.

The King Edward VI School Shanghai Partnership saw 29 students from the city arrive last Sunday to spend ten days with students and staff at the school. Later this month, 25 students from King Edward’s will fly out to Shanghai.

The partnership was originally supported by the Youth Sport Trust, with the focus on sports. This year, King Edward’s has developed a new programme focusing on music, history and English.

Laura Greenaway, history teacher, and Jane Holland, English teacher, will take part in the visit.

Danny Burton, international leadership coordinator, said: “This is one of the longest running and most ambitious exchange programmes of any state school in the UK.

“Our students develop their leadership skills, plus their understanding of Chinese culture and language through an unrivalled set of experiences - in the UK and Shanghai.”

The Shanghai students will spend time at King Edward’s, with visits to Hardwick Middle School and primaries in the Bury Schools Partnership.

They will visit Cambridge and London, have meals at students’ houses and enjoy a farewell banquet supported by Valley Connection.


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