Pupils from the Collège Roqua from Aubenas in the Ardèche region have recently spent a week with their host partners. They spent time in school as well as taking in the local sights and tourist highlights.

26 boys and girls made the 24 hour journey with their three English teachers, arriving in Newport at the end of the school day on Wednesday 29th March. Four of the boys were hosted at Longford with their boarding partners whilst the rest were greeted by their host families.

The following day they were given an introduction to the school and its history by Mrs Webb in the Big School Library before spending time in lessons and taking a tour of the school. In the afternoon they walked up to Longford and toured the House, finding out more about the history and discovering that life at an English boarding school isn’t exactly like ‘Harry Potter’.

On Friday both the French pupils and their host partners enjoyed a great day at Alton Towers, enjoying the sunshine and the rides together.

The weekend was spent with their host families, practising their English and enjoying some British culture.

Whilst their exchange partners returned to school the French pupils enjoyed trips to the Black Country Museum, various sites in Liverpool and took part in a treasure hunt around Shrewsbury.

After fond farewells on Thursday morning the group started the long journey home, stopping at Warwick Castle en-route to the ferry.

Mr Festuot would like to thank all of the host families who took part in the exchange, all of the French pupils had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed their visit. The boys are already looking forward to their return trip in June when their program will include canoeing in the Ardèche, discovering College Roqua and the town of Aubenas, visiting a cave and exploring Marseille as well as the required visit to the Haribo factory.