Students welcome Spanish visitors

Students and staff on their trip to London
Students and staff on their trip to London

A the end of June Collyer’s and Horsham were delighted to welcome a group of 13 Spanish students and two teachers, who were visiting the Ofsted Outstanding college of as part of a student exchange programme.

The students attend top Spanish school Instituto Cristobal Lozano in Hellin, close to Alicante on the east coast of Spain.

The group started its week in the UK with a visit to London where they visited the main historical monuments including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

The group also journeyed to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, Petworth House and the Weald and Southdown Museum, to learn about how English people lived and worked in the past.

Maria Carmen Melgarejo, accompanying teacher for the Spanish students, said: “This fabulous experience provides a better understanding of customs, history and culture, so it is a good way to elaborate a modern European citizenship.”

In addition to trips and visits, the students also spent valuable time attending lessons with her English hosts in a variety of subjects and took part in some busy and entertaining classroom workshops, with a particular focus on language and culture.

Margarita Mortimer, Head of Spanish at Collyer’s, was ecstatic: “We are always pleased to welcome our Spanish exchange students because it’s such a good opportunity for them to experience life in England as well as practise their language skills.

“The Collyer’s students and their families have been very accommodating and visiting Horsham, London, Brighton and the South Downs was a fantastic experience for all of us.”

Collyer’s Vice Principal, Steve Nicholls, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome our visitors, they are an absolute credit to their school, Hellin and Spain!

“The exchange is an incredibly important part of learning about language and culture for the Collyer’s and Instituto Cristobal Lozano students and I’m very happy that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the visit.”

Collyer’s Assistant Principal, Melanie Russell said: “Huge thanks to Margarita and all of the teachers for making this wonderful experience possible for all of these young people. This is a great learning opportunity!”