As an outward-looking school, providing our students with an international dimension for their education is an important part of the Waddesdon offer of experiencing ‘Life in all its fullness’.
Our students enjoy outstanding opportunities to learn and grow by visiting different countries across the world and interacting with young people in our link schools and organisations. Each year a group of Year 13 students spend a week in India, hosted by Bishop Heber College in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. From this base they visit local schools, colleges, orphanages, NGOs and villages. Every two years students from Years 11 to 13 take part in global expeditions with World Challenge. In 2017, there was an expedition to South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, and in 2019 to China. Students are currently raising funds to visit Peru in 2022.
Our music students from different years have also taken part in a school exchange programme with their counterparts in Jokela High School, Tuusula, Finland. Meanwhile, our link partnership with Kama High School, Eastern Cape, South Africa, has led to exchange visits by several members of staff from both schools. Each year, we take part in the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme, which includes a visit to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, a meeting with a Holocaust survivor and a programme of structured learning activities. Members of staff from subject areas also lead regular visits to various parts of France, Spain and Germany.
A central part of the Year 10 curriculum is active involvement in a Model United Nations General Assembly, with some of our students representing the school at county level.