Council members from Gravesham’s American twin town, Chesterfield County, Virginia spent an afternoon with GCSE students from Gad’s Hill School.

The guests were invited to the Higham school, and former home of Charles Dickens, as part of their UK visit hosted by heritage and tourism cabinet members of Gravesham Council.

The six-strong group were in the UK to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of native American Pocahontas who was born in Virginia.

Gravesham Cllr. Jordan Meade arranged a tour of Gad’s as the visitors have a particular interest in education.

While at the independent school for girls and boys aged 3-16, they talked to prefects about cultural and educational differences between the two countries.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and Attorney, Mrs Leslie Hayley said:  “I was impressed by how focussed the students are on their chosen careers and how their exam curriculum allows them to specialise.

“Each one knew what job they wanted to pursue and how best to achieve it.

“They showed great maturity and had a wonderful sense of pride in their school and its history.  We had fabulous afternoon and look forward to coming back one day soon.”

Gravesham Town Twinning Association is a group of people committed to ensuring the links between people in different countries continue to flourish and grow.

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