YOUNGSTERS at a Burton primary school welcomed students from partner schools in Europe as part of a cultural exchange programme.
Teachers and pupils from schools in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia and Wales visited the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Primary School where they observed and took part in lessons.
The European visitors also spent time at the National Brewery Centre, the National Forest Adventure Farm, Swarkstone Nurseries and enjoyed a sight-seeing tour of Burton on a vintage bus.
They also took part in activities at the East Staffordshire Horticultural Centre to boost their knowledge of English gardens which was the theme of this year’s visit.
Neil Jinks, head teacher of the primary school, said everybody at the school had ‘really looked forward’ to taking part in the project.
He said: “This project has already benefitted the school culturally and socially.
“Burton is a fabulous town which embodies so many of the positive, traditional qualities of English culture.
“I hope that we provided our guests with a terrific, warm welcome and showed the town in the very best light.”
The trip, which is part of the Comenius Project and funded by the European Commission, is now in its sixth year.
It is designed to improve education standards throughout Europe through creating partnerships between schools.
Mr Jinks also said the school’s use of IT, classroom organisation and languages had improved as a result of the visit.
He said: “I hope that we provided the children and teachers of our partner schools with some valuable, contrasting learning.”
Burton mayor Michael Rodgers and the town’s MP Andrew Griffiths met those who took part in the project when they performed songs in a concert at the school.