Visit from Salta, Agentina

We recently hosted a visit in the Spanish department by Argentinian guests. They prepared a range of cultural and linguistic activities for our Key Stage 3 and 5 classes. Our students learnt about the country and its traditions, giving them a real approach to language learning and they even prepared a traditional Gaucho dancing. 

I Found that the Argentinean people who came in were very enthusiastic because they really enjpyed giving us information about their country. I enjoyed the quiz they gave us as it provided us as it provided us more knowledge of Argentina. My favourite part was the dancy they did. I found it very beautiful and graceful. I really liked it when the Argentinian people caem in and I absolutely loved it when we joined in clapping with them. I hope to see more people from different countried come because it is inspiring to see them give more information about where they live. I would love to learn more about different cultures!

By Mira B 8LUS


Visit from seki city high school

We started our partnership in 2014 when Seki High became a “Super Global High School” and got in touch with Haydon (their main interest was that we offered Japanese in the curriculum). They visited us initially that year to examine how we promote international links accompanied by 3 members of the Gifu Prefectural Board of Education. We have hosted this academic year a visit by them with their students and have been working on cultural projects with them to promote the Olympics in Rio 2016. This activity has enabled us to organise a whole school competition and bring all our students (both from the lower and upper school) working together on a project. Each form has had the opportunity to research a foreign country they have been assigned, but at the same time as a form they have been given the choice to discuss and choose what aspect they wanted to research (this has enabled our students to engage in the activity doing the research in an area they had an interest on, trying to engage as many student as possible). The process of delivering assemblies was done by Student Voice (junior leadership) and the main aim was to promote the Olympic and Paralympics values that at the same time link with the Haydon values we promote on a daily basis across the school. 

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Visit by Japanese Civil Servants

On Friday 7 November three members of Gifu Prefectural Board of Education in Japan visited Haydon School including the Superintendent of the BOE and the Principal of Seki City High School. Seki City High School has just been designated by the Japanese government as a “Super Global High School” and the purpose of the visit to Haydon was to examine how we promote international links, set up pupil visits and exchanges and celebrate international diversity within the school. The visitors met with the Head Teacher Mr Jones and Mr Squibb to discuss how the school encourages pupils to be involved in international projects and then they met with a group of Year 11 pupils studying GCSE Japanese.

Mr Kato, Principal of Seki High School said, “We heartily appreciate you gave me a warm welcome when we visited your school. We enjoyed watching many classes and talking with your teachers or students. I have realized your school is putting a good education into practice through many good programs.”

Haydon School is now looking at how we can co-operate on future projects with Seki High School. You can find out more information about the school on their website at

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Education Minister Visits Haydon School

On Tuesday 21 January 2014 Haydon School hosted a visit by Her Excellency Dr Haya Al-Awad, the Deputy Education Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and a group of delgates from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education. Dr Haya Al-Awad holds responsibility for girls’ education in Saudi Arabia and has a particular professional interest in Special Educational Needs.

The Minister and her colleagues were in the UK to take part in the World Education Forum and visited Haydon School to find out about SEN provision within the school. Saudi Arabia is currently reforming its education system and Dr Haya Al-Awad was keen to hear directly from teachers and support staff about their experiences. Mrs Guest gave the visitors a short presentation detailing Haydon’s SEN and Inclusion Policies and they then recevied a tour of the SEN department and the Link where they spoke with staff and asked questions about the practicalities of supporting students within school. The visit concluded with an informal meeting and question and answer session with the Head Teacher Mr Jones, Mrs Guest and Mrs Bloss.