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The Academy enjoys some excellent links with schools and businesses abroad. The Academy enjoys links with schools in Europe, America, India and China. Some of our key involvements are presented below.

The International Work Experience / Exchange Programme has developed, as an extension to the very successful European Work Experience / Exchange Programme that was established under the banner of the former Leigh City Technology College and which has been running for over 15 years.

The programme is open to Post 16 students, who may currently choose to work in China, India or France.

The Leigh Academy is the only school in the area which operates a work experience programme abroad, others may organise cultural exchanges.


France Work Experience Exchange Programme 2017

The Leigh Academy has teamed up with the Lycee Etienne Bezout School, situated just south of Paris.

Students have the option of working at the school or working in local business and industry in the surrounding area.

Our students will be working with the English department within the school as learning assistants. Generally, the spoken English in schools is very basic and the French students will benefit a great deal from having a British, English speaking student amongst them.

Those students who opt to work in industry have the option of working in local shops, supermarkets; and for those who are fluent French speakers may opt to work in office environments.

As this is an exchange, our students will be hosted and will be staying with students and their families of the Lycee Etienne Bezout School.

The programme enables our students to put their skills into action as well as developing new skills, develop confidence and gain an insight into the education system.

No trip to France would be complete without marvelling at the sight of Paris and the surrounding areas. Students will have the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower, one of the finalists of the 7 wonders of the world!


China Work Experience Exchange Programme 2017

The Leigh Academy has teamed up with the Beijing No 57 High and Junior High School, Beijing, China.

Our students will be working with the English department within the school as learning assistants. Generally, the spoken English in schools is very basic and the Chinese students will benefit a great deal from having a British, English speaking student amongst them.

As this is an exchange, our students will be hosted and will be staying with students and their families of the Beijing No 57 School.

The programme enables our students to put their skills into action as well as developing new skills, develop confidence and gain an insight into the education system.

No trip to China would be complete without marvelling at the sight of Beijing and the surrounding areas.  Students will have the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China, one of the 7 wonders of the world!

Watch the promotional video


India Work Experience Exchange Programme 2017

The Leigh Academy has teamed up with the Kent Reliance Building Society, who have over recent years set up a wholly owned subsidiary company in Bangalore, India; by the name of Easiprocess Pvt Ltd.

Our students have the opportunity to work in the Operations, Legal, Marketing, IT and Processing departments.

Students are treated as new employees who will be trained and set to work; each with a mentor watching over them, as opposed to them spending a week watching over an employee.

The programme enables our students to put their skills into action as well as developing new skills, develop confidence and gain an insight into the word of work; and at the same time experience a different business culture and work style to the one they will be accustomed to here in the UK.

No trip to India would be complete without marvelling at the sight of Delhi and the surrounding areas. Students have the opportunity to see the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world!

Watch the promotional video