Saint Gregory’s has been at the forefront of developing educational links with European schemes run by the European Union, firstly through Comenius Partnerships, and more recently the new Erasmus+ programme.

The long term goal of these European wide schemes is to develop students experience and understanding of different cultures and to prepare them for a world of work that is increasingly ‘mobile’.

The skills students learn by taking part in overseas visits help them become confident outward-looking young people.

Our two year Erasmus+ partnership (2017-19), with partners in Norway, Germany and Finland is on the topic of sports and healthy lifestyles. Participating students have the chance to devise new sports games and to try out different sporting activities, with the opportunity to travel abroad to a partner school for a week-long programme of project related activities.

Our previous Erasmus+ partnership (2014-16), with partners in Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Latvia, had a common theme in studying water resources in the different countries. Students worked in international teams at week-long conferences hosted by the partner schools in turn. Topics included water purification and desalination, pollution, flooding, as well as sport and tourism.

Students’ language, IT and communication skills develop noticeably, and they gain ‘soft’ skills of creativity and team working which are increasingly important to employers.

The European ‘vision’ offers the prospect of a better world through the experiences our students give and gain by taking part in these partnerships.