Earlier this term we were able to welcome a group of Chinese students for a week-long visit to Darrick Wood. They were from a city in north east China, located between Mongolia and North Korea. After a week spent sightseeing they then spent a week in lessons here experiencing all aspects of school life. Pairs of Chinese students were buddied up with a Darrick Wood student who took them to their lessons and looked after them throughout the day. There was also an opportunity during the week to have a formal discussion in groups comparing life in China and the UK. The Chinese students come from an industrial city where they nearly all live in apartment blocks and our students were shocked to learn about the very long school days which the Chinese experience. It became clear that they are far ahead of us in Mathematics but their timetable places less emphasis on some of the more creative aspects of our British school curriculum. New friendships were forged and some have continued to keep in touch via social media. As a school we are keen to promote further international links.