Spaniards enjoy Stonyhurst stay

Photograph shows the Spanish exchange party in Stonyhurst's courtyard with the College Archivist Mr David Knight.
Photograph shows the Spanish exchange party in Stonyhurst's courtyard with the College Archivist Mr David Knight.

A RIBBLE Valley school is receiving funding from the British Council, as part of the Comenius scheme to promote European educational partnerships.

Each year Stonyhurst College runs a Spanish Exchange with a school in northern Spain. To get the funding, Stonyhurst and San Jose Jesuit School, Durango, had to undertake a two-year project exploring university education and the role of local companies in providing opportunities for young people.

Sixteen Year 10 pupils at the College have just hosted their Spanish partners of the same age for two weeks and will visit Durango, in the Basque region of northern Spain, in March. The Spanish visitors attended lessons with their partners as well as visiting York, Old Trafford and Lancaster University as part of the Comenius project. They also enjoyed an English cookery lesson, an introduction to rugby, a historical tour of Stonyhurst and a treasure hunt around Clitheroe.

Senor Pablo Martin, who teaches English at San Jose Jesuit School, said: “It was interesting for our students to stay in such an historic College and to visit a British university. We have had a great time at Stonyhurst and many are asking to stay longer!”