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Sixth Form American Exchange

New for 2017/18 the Thomas Hardye Sixth Form committed to the long-term development and success of an international educational exchange. This new partnership with Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School aims to;

  • provide an internationally-based educational experience.
  • provide insight into American vs. British schooling and culture.
  • provide enriched global learning experiences.
  • to enhance a higher education application.
  • support the further acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to academic success.
  • provide individual mentoring support.
  • encourage self-discipline, self-motivation and self-direction in learning.
  • develop the capacity for productive collaboration in working alongside others from the global community in the achievement of individual goals.
  • provide a supportive, yet rigorous and challenging learning environment.
  • help gain an understanding of the responsibilities/demands that membership in a fast changing 21st century global society will bring.

The Exchange is a two-part experience. Mechanicsburg students will travel to England in the summer for a 14-day visit. They will spend time with their Hardye’s exchange partner’s host family in the local school area, with the remainder of the time spent touring sites of educational value and interest in Dorset, Bath and London.  Year 12 students selected for the exchange will then travel to America in the autumn and will spend time with Host family in the local school area, with the remainder of the time spent touring sites of educational value and interest ending with a 2 night stay in New York.

Students who wish to apply for the exchange programme must be currently in Year 12. Students will be asked to complete an application form. Due to the anticipated high demand for this exchange programme, applications will be supported by teacher recommendations and applicants will be shortlisted for interviews. Following the interviews, the strongest candidates will be entered into a draw for the final 12 places (with 2 reserves).

Applications have now closed for 2019, but will open again in September for 2020 applications.

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