Students from Ichinomiya High School in Japan spent four days at Radley this week as part of an exchange programme that has been running since 2013. As well as visiting Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and the sights of Oxford, they took part in Physics, Geography, Spanish, Latin, Maths and Biology lessons. They also ran an introduction to speaking and writing Japanese during Academic Priority Time on Wednesday afternoon and took part in many other aspects of Radley life during their stay.
The three things that made the biggest impression on them were the beautiful and extensive grounds, Chapel and the animals in the Biology department. In lessons, the small class sizes surprised the Japanese students, because at Ichinomiya High School (a Senior High School that students attend for three years; Vth, 6.1 & 6.2 in Radley terminology) all classes consist of forty students and so the difference is very marked. Seven of the current fifth form will return to Ichinomiya High School for a week in October. As well as visiting Hiroshima and Kyoto, they will spend time at Ichinomiya High School and immerse themselves in Japanese culture.