A LONG-STANDING inter-national school in Shoreham has welcomed its first group from Japan.
English Language Homestays, which is now based at Adur Civic Centre, said the connection to Japan was a sign of its growing success.
The international language school has previously run short-stay seasons and a summer school for students from all over Europe.
The 56 Japanese students, plus tutors, stayed with host families across Shoreham to give them experience of a real English family alongside their classroom English lessons.
It meant they were given a taste of Sunday roast dinners and bangers and mash, as well as the chance to try hot dogs and burgers from a hot food van.
Managing director Jackie Verrall said: “We are delighted to have attracted such a prestigious group from Japan to Shoreham and hope that this can be the start of a long-term relationship with students from Japan.”
She said the students were polite and friendly and she hoped people would give them a cheery ‘konnichiwa’ while they were in town.
The school’s success was good news for Shoreham, she added, with staff, host families, shops and many venues all benefiting from the extra income brought by the student business.