The French connection

STUDENTS have been building up a French connection to improve their language skills.

A group of 13 students from Sophie St Germain High School in Thionville have spent a month living with host families in Whitley Bay and carrying out work experience at businesses in the borough.

They also spent time with pupils at Whitley Bay High School and developing their presentation skills at the town’s Northumbria School of English.

The exchange project, funded by the European Union, is supported by North Tyneside Council and several employers in the borough.

The Whitley Bay High pupils will have the favour returned this summer when they visit France and Luxembourg to improve their language skills.

Coun David Lilly, the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “This project is particularly important as developing links with colleges and businesses abroad adds value to the education we are giving to our young people, providing an insight into emerging markets.”