School praised by Chinese teachers
Cultural ties were strengthened when a delegation of six headteachers from high schools in the Guangzhou province of China visited Ponteland High School.
The trip was organised by the University of Newcastle and the headteachers were especially interested in how English students learn skills to go on to have successful university and job prospects.
The school has hosted many delegations from China and over the past 15 years, more than 400 Ponteland students have visited its two sister schools in China – Cao Yang No. 2 in Shanghai and Cheng De No.2 near Beijing.
Pont High headteacher Kieran McGrane said: “The Chinese headteachers were very enthusiastic and complimentary about how calm, focussed and assured our students are in lessons as well as their mature approach to their learning.
“They also commented on how well supported our students were in their progress towards university and the world of work.
“As a gift, three of our Year 9 form groups presented them with three themed cakes baked by Year 9 students Siobhan and Louis Fairbairn (Chinese Cat theme), Francesca Turnbull (Chinese Dragon theme) and Alisha Carden (Peace Lilies).”