We have worked in partnership with the University of Wuppertal, Germany, since 2016 and have benefited from their trainee teachers coming over to our school each year.

These teachers assist in lessons, take part in endless activities, add to the cultural range of the school, and are simply fantastic professionals to have around. All families who have had children go on day and residential trips in the summer term will have paid less due to these staff being available to go out on the trips.

Unfortunately, the UK will withdraw from the ERASMUS+ programme by the end of May this year and this makes it a lot more difficult for this partnership to continue. Essentially, the funding and transition arrangements end and so the doors to the scheme are closed.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We are working with the University of Wuppertal to try and negotiate the sponsorship route as we know these placements richly add to our school’s climate and culture. If we can find a way to get this to continue we will, and our German partners want the same too. For state schools, this is an arrangement that opens up doors that are otherwise difficult to negotiate, so fingers crossed we can make this partnership continue albeit in a difficult guise.”