School students head east for the trip of a lifetime

The Duchess's High School group that is going to China with Sarah Chapman and Denise Brown from MSP.
The Duchess's High School group that is going to China with Sarah Chapman and Denise Brown from MSP.

Students are taking a colourful approach to an international trip, kitted out in new bright turquoise tops by their sponsor.

A group of 70 Year 10 to 13 pupils and nine staff from the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, leave for an exchange visit to China tomorrow.

They are being sponsored by Alnwick-based Metrology Software Products (MSP), which specialises in highly complex machining and parts manufacture.

MSP director Tony Brown said: “We employ local people, most of whom were educated here, and we’re passionate about supporting education and student development, in the North East.

“When I heard about the China trip I wanted to help as MSP already sponsor a PhD engineering student at Hong Kong Poly University and we have been looking for a way to promote educational exchange from the UK.

“We are excited to be part of this year’s venture and urge other businesses to support the school in its work.”

The trip of a lifetime gives the students the chance to see China’s famous sights, as well as form connections with the pupils of No 2 Middle School in Shijiazhuang.

Group leader Peter Burrow said: “We are delighted by MSP’s gesture. This is the second trip the school has made to China after a very successful first experience in 2010.

“The school hopes to return to China in 2016 to allow another generation of students to experience this incredible country.”

The Duchess’s school hosted its Chinese visitors in the summer of 2010 after the school’s initial visit, and again in 2011.

The proposed 2012 visit fell victim to the Olympic price rises of flights into the UK, but students and staff look forward to cementing friendships made in China when the Chinese students return to experience the region this summer.

MSP supports manufacturing giants across the globe. Customers include BAE Systems, Magellan Aerospace and other Airbus suppliers.

The company’s technology is now making great strides into composite manufacturing for aerospace, Formula 1 motorsport and marine sectors.