China in Som­er­set

Somerset Life - - EDUCATION NEWS -

An eight year part­ner­ship with China has seen a Som­er­set col­lege com­mended with a Bri­tish Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional Award.

Strode Col­lege’s link with the city of Yueyang was de­scribed as the best ex­am­ple of an ef­fec­tive and durable UK-China part­ner­ship.

Its work has been felt through­out the lo­cal com­mu­nity with around 30 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in­volved in its spe­cial projects and in­ter­na­tional ex­changes. Vis­its to China have taken place ev­ery year and Strode has also wel­comed ar­rivals on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, from pri­mary age chil­dren to se­nior lead­ers and head teach­ers. One of its no­table achieve­ments has been work­ing with the Univer­sity of Southamp­ton to in­tro­duce Man­darin lessons to the county’s state schools.

Higher ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­na­tional man­ager, Adrian Ash says: “The part­ner­ship with Yueyang shows how in­ter­na­tional work de­liv­ered by a col­lege can raise as­pi­ra­tions and im­prove the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence across the wider com­mu­nity. It is an hon­our to have been com­mended by the Bri­tish Coun­cil as this project truly re­flects Strode Col­lege’s vi­sion of ‘in­spir­ing all to max­imise their po­ten­tial’.”

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