Four members of staff from Denmark’s largest sixth form college, Silkeborg Gymnasium, visited Long Road at the end of May to meet our students, watch a range of classes, discuss and compare curriculum management but above all to plan a student exchange. During their visit, they were taken on a tour of the College by students, went punting and had a sightseeing tour of Cambridge.
The student exchange project
The plan is for Long Road Biology, Design Technology, Geography and Business students to work with Silkeborg Academy students studying Science specialisms. The students will work with the guidance of local employers in Cambridge and Silkeborg to design environment technology products. At the end of the project students will give a formal presentation to the employers and receive feedback.
Long Road students will visit Denmark in March 2014 and the Danish students will visit Long Road in March 2015. One team will take part in both exchanges, working on different phases of product development. Students will attend lessons whilst on the exchange and receive language preparation.
Funding for the project is being sought from the European Union Comenius Fund.
Silkeborg Gymnasium is a long-established sixth form provider in the Danish system with an excellent reputation. A visit to Denmark by Long Road staff has already taken place.
Mike Bryant, Vice Principal Long Road Sixth Form College says: ‘There are already excellent links between Long Road Sixth Form College and Silkeborg Gymnasium. We’re particularly pleased to be able to plan exchange opportunities for students at Long Road to visit and study in Denmark over the next two years as a result of this week’s visit.’
Photo: Long Road staff on their visit to Silkeborg earlier this year:
Second left: Josh Tadman, Business teacher, fourth left: Mike Bryant, Vice Principal, fifth left: Charlie Fordham, Head of Studies, fourth from right: Heather Chambers, Assistant Principal, fifth from left: Gary Woolley, Estates Manager