An Intercultural Experience - France to RHS

Last week saw a group of Rastrick High School students standing at a rather chilly Brighouse train station ready to welcome their French Exchange school partners.

Our guests had travelled all the way from Marseillan in the south of France to spend a week with us discovering Yorkshire and its heritage and immersing themselves in British life and culture.

Abbie Deanna


Our visitors enjoyed a range of experiences, from staying with host families to activities in school including sharing their culinary skills.  The French students taught their British partners how to cook savoury crêpes (a type of pancake) while our students helped to prepare Fat Rascals and Bakewell tarts.

The group also enjoyed day trips to Hebden Bridge and to Manchester. The trip to Hebden Bridge was thoroughly enjoyed by students who admired the picturesque town and enjoyed visiting the independent shops.  In Manchester, some students braved the tram to visit Old Trafford with their football crazy French teacher!


Not only improving their language skills, all the students gained an understanding of life, culture and education in a different country.

Year 9 students, Abbie and Deanna said “the exchange was really good in helping us practice our language and communication skills and to learn about another culture; all whilst having fun!  We have made good friends and have decided to keep in touch.  It really was an amazing and great experience.” 

Mr Battye and Mr Perrier PE

Rastrick High School is extremely proud of both the students and their host families as they have really put their all into making their guests’ first visit to Yorkshire unforgettable. The feedback we have had since their return has been very positive and I am certain that we have instilled a love of Yorkshire and British culture that will last a long time.


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