East met West as a leading Bury St Edmunds school strengethened an eight-year exchange partnership with Shanghai.
King Edward VI welcomed 28 Chinese students and four staff from the Yangjing Juyuan Experimental School to develop leadership skills while learning about each others’ culture and language.
Younger pupils also benefited as the Chinese students visited a number of primary schools which were invited to a music, dance and drama spectacular at King Edward VI.
Meanwhile, 33 students from the secondary school are due to jet off to Shanghai today.
Rob Walden, assistant head at King Edward VI, said: “It really is one of the most powerful international experiences we’re able to give our students.
“It really paves the way for the next generation of younger children to come through King Edward VI and continue the legacy.”
During their stay in Bury, the Chinese students also enjoyed home visits to sample English family life and took part in lessons such as media, music, art and textiles.
There was also a trip to London and Cambridge.
Primary schools involved included Risby, Sexton’s Manor, Westgate, All Saints, Great Whelnetham, Howard and St Edmundsbury.