Schools cross the north/south divide

High View Primary Learning Centre pupils with pupils from their London link school, Carpenters Primary.

High View Primary Learning Centre pupils with pupils from their London link school, Carpenters Primary.

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STRONG links have been forged between a Wombwell school and a London primary close to the Olympic village.

High View Primary Learning Centre and the Carpenters Primary School at Newham shared in sporting events last year, and plans moved on when headteachers and school managers met up just before Christmas.

The schools share similarities and many differences; Carpenters’ is a school of 90 per cent black and ethnic minorities, and one aim of the link-up is to build cultural awareness, said High View manager Tim Marsh.

Events set to take place this year include inter-sports competitions with more visits between schools.

“Barnsley is already partnered with Newham as part of a larger project, and we’ll be developing our link as part of that, but with a focus of our own”, explained Mr Marsh. “We hope to be able, later in the year, to take pupils down to see the Olympic village.

“We’ll be doing work on the history and geography of the area and will use facilities such as video conferencing to share projects”.