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The Mayor of Immingham Councillor Stewart Swinburn and the Mayoress Karen Swinburn join teachers from Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland and Ireland at Coomb Briggs Primary School in Immingham. The school has taken part in an exchange project which will see teachers from Coomb Briggs heading to other countries to gain teaching experience overseas. The party enjoy a tradtional British feast.


TEACHERS from schools around Europe have been in Immingham this week, as part of an exchange trip.

Hosting the visit was Coomb Briggs Primary School. Deputy headteacher Shaun Bell explained that Erasmus+ had replaced the Comenius project, which was the European Union programme for the schools sector. Teachers have been at the school from partner schools in Ireland, Spain, Greece, Germany and Poland.

He said: „We are looking at enterprise as a project, making things at school for fairs such as calendars and Christmas gifts. We are looking at others teaching and learning and can see good practice from other schools and bring it back to our school. There are 13 teachers in total, this is a three day visit, just to organise the next two years.”


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Above: The exchange teachers are pictured at Immingham Civic Centre, being welcomed by the Mayor, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, centre. Also pictured are front, left, Coomb Briggs headteacher Jayne Day and deputy headteacher Shaun Bell, standing, right. Photo: Abby Ruston

The school then hosted a special luncheon with traditional British products and themed meals for the guests to try, as part of their exchange experience.

„They are looking at our culture and celebrating Immingham,” Mr Bell continued.

„We have taken them on a walk, Immingham-in-Bloom have done us very proud. My son was part of it, he worked on the pond all summer. This is all about coming together and working together. The children see these countries being friends. Teachers have been in the school showing presentations to the children from their own local areas. The children have asked them questions. „You get a lot of good practice, some of the teachers at Coomb Briggs will get to visit partner schools. There are five visits over two years and then we get together to conclude it. The children will have Skype and meetings for pen pals. There’s a real buzz about the school, it’s tremendous.”

Immingham Mayor, Councillor Stewart Swinburn welcomed the delegation to the Civic Centre for a talk on how Immingham Town Council operates, looking at devolution, how it runs, how it works with Immingham-in-Bloom and what the Mayor does.

Montse Casulleras from the Spanish town of Igualada said: „We met four years ago through the Comenius project, we decided to work together again. We have created a great unity among each other. The older children are going to work on the project, from Years 4-6, as the older ones can communicate in English. They love it.”

Denis Courtney from Kenmare in the south west of Ireland said that they had a similar project to Immingham-in-Bloom called Tidy Town. „We could share best practice with that,” he said.”Entrepreneurship has become a very important skill in children. It’s good to see what is done in each other’s country – we are learning from each other. We are learning different methods in class, it can be simple things, even if you only take back one good idea. It’s a fantastic project. I’m impressed with the school and its facilities, the quality of teaching and learning.

„I’m impressed with the way they are getting involved with the community – that’s what builds a school community. To develop that skill in the children, it’sd more important for Ireland and England to work together more. It’s hugely important because part of the country is linked and these kinds of opportunities are there.”