LEO Academy Trust schools are the latest to establish Chinese sister schools as part of the Sister School Partnerships programme.

Brookfield Primary Academy, Cheam Park Farm Academy, Manor Park Primary Academy, Cheam Field Primary Academy and Cheam Common Junior Academy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with their partnered schools in Tianfu, Chengdu to initiate their new Sister School Partnerships.

During the signing ceremony, students and teachers introduced their school, local area and their goals for the partnership.

Philip Hedger, CEO of Leo Academy Trust, said: “At LEO Academy, we aim to develop our pupils as active citizens in a global community. True Education Partnership’s Sister School Programme offers us a perfect way to realise this ambition. I was proud to join our Principals, and some of our pupils, as we took part in a virtual ceremony with schools from Chengdu this week.

The opportunity to meet students and staff from our new sister schools, was incredibly inspiring for our children. Many of them are learning to speak Mandarin and this programme really helps to bring their learning to life. They are fascinated to learn about other cultures and cannot wait to talk to students from Chengdu and explore first hand, what life is like in China.

We are looking forward to forming a really special partnership with our sister schools in the years ahead. One based on friendship, collaboration and learning. The Global Schools Alliance helps to make this possible, through a very accessible platform and great support for teachers.”

New sister schools:

  • Cheam Common Junior Academy & Tianfu New District No.6 Primary School
  • Brookfield Primary Academy, Cheam Park Farm Academy & Tianfy New District Baisha Primary School
  • Manor Park Primary Academy and Tianfy New District Mei’an Primary School
  • Cheam Fields Primary Academy and Tianfu New District Wan’an Primary School

True Education Partnerships have supported the schools’ links with China since 2018 with in-school hosting and a leadership delegation, and are now organising their anticipated trip to visit their new sister schools in 2022 with Turing Scheme funding.

Max, a pupil at Cheam Park Farm, said : “When we visit Chengdu in April one of the things that I am most looking forward to is the architecture because I think that it is very interesting and different to most other countries.”

Cayleb, a pupil at Brookfield Primary Academy, added: “I am most looking forward to are the pandas and also making new friends.”

Ahead of the trip, all five schools at the trust will take part in projects and manage communications between their sister schools on the Global School Alliance platform.

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