Learners across Business, Creative Arts and Media (BCAM), Sport and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are about to embark on a once in a lifetime journey to undertake work experience and enrichment activities in Douai, Harrow’s Twin Town in Northern France. This aligns closely with Stanmore College’s vision “to ensure that all learners will develop the skills and knowledge they need to achieve qualifications and progress into higher-level courses or employment”.


Councillor John Hinckley and College Governor Jean Lammiman delivered a well-rounded presentation on Monday 23rd May to students, parents, and staff which covered useful information about the city of Douai. The presentation ended with a light-hearted French language lesson. Councillor John Hinckley and Governor Jean Lammiman are both extremely knowledgeable on the French culture, heritage, and politics and kindly gave up their time to share some of this information with the students prior to their visit.

The event was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.



The first group of students, accompanied by staff, will be leaving on the 30th of May and returning on the 6th of June. Upon arrival in Douai, students and staff will be greeted at the City Hall by Frédéric Chéreau, Mayor of Douai and by members of the International Relations Committee. We hope this opportunity will expand the students’ cultural knowledge and give them first-hand insight into different environments, heritage, and work practices. To our leaners and accompanying staff, Bon voyage et au revoir pour l'instant!


Our thanks also to Marsha Thompson, Careers and Employability Manager, and her team for the fantastic work undertaken to ensure that this opportunity became a reality.  

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