China’s education system may be getting results that are the envy of the world but a group of Chinese teenagers travelled 5,000 miles just to experience lessons in Wales.
Fifty students aged between 13 and 16 travelled from HeFei, the capital of Anhui Province in Eastern China, to South Wales for a Winter School.
The students were hosted by St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College in Cardiff, which has been hailed a centre of good practice by Estyn and is one of the UK’s top performing 6th-forms.
St David’s, which already attracts students from Malaysia, Nigeria, New Delhi and China, organised the event to raise its profile on the international stage.
It has recently appointed an international manager to increase the numbers of pupils coming to the 6th form to study A levels.
Alwyn Lloyd, assistant principal of St David’s, said: “As an expanding international college, we are keen to raise awareness of our outstanding A level courses and our connections with world-class Russell Group universities.
“We organised the Winter School to give us an opportunity to introduce the college to students who want to study at the best British schools. The event was such a success we are hoping that we can expand it to become a bi-annual event in the winter and summer.”
The pupils from two schools in China got a taster session in the British education system as well as the chance to experience some Welsh hospitality.
The week-long Winter School was delivered at the Caerleon Campus of the University of South Wales.
In the mornings the students took part in taster business, maths, English and science lessons. Each afternoon they travelled to some of the most popular visitor attractions in Cardiff including St Fagans National History Museum, The Millennium Centre, and Cardiff Bay. The evenings were spent sampling local food and taking part in leisure activities such as rock climbing and bowling.
The students also spent time in the 6th form meeting students and hearing about the courses on offer. CAPTION: Welsh wonders: Pupils from HeFei in China receive their participation certificates at the Caerleon Campus of the University of South Wales for taking part in St David’s Catholic College’s Winter School for international students