PUPILS are enjoying a multi-national approach to learning at a Sunderland school.
Visitors from seven European countries spent the week with the staff and pupils at Benedict Biscop Academy.
As part of the Comenius project, Rainbow Ode to Diversity, which is run by the British Council, the Moorside school welcomed children and staff from its seven link schools.
They are in Italy, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Poland.
During their stay in Sunderland the visiting children, aged between 10 and 14, were placed with host families across Wearside.
Staff from the visiting schools stayed at the Roker Hotel, on the seafront.
Natalie Fountain, deputy headteacher at the primary academy, said: “We are passionate about celebrating our similarities and differences and the children have made some new friends, who we are sure they will keep in touch with into the future.
“The families linked by email before the visit, and Skyped each other so the children could keep in touch with home.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for our whole school community to come together.”
Ms Fountain said they organised a packed week of events so the European visitors could see a lot more of what like is life in the North East.
Trips included visiting the National Glass Centre, St Peter’s Church and Beamish Museum.
The group also went to Durham Cathedral, Holy Island and Alnwick Castle.
The Sunderland deputy head said: “It was a brilliant opportunity for the children of Benedict Biscop to demonstrate what schools are like in England and to learn about what school life is like across Europe.”
A celebration night with a roast dinner and a ceilidh band was held at the Roker Hotel, before the visitors set off for home.