BRIDGWATER schools have been creating links with the Czech Republic after five teachers from the country visited schools here.

The group, from the Buchlovice School in Bridgwater's twin town of Uherske Hradiste, visited Haygrove Secondary School on Thursday (September 27) before heading to St Mary's Primary and St Joseph's Primary the next day (Friday).

The visiting Czech head teacher, Frantisek Klvana, said: "Our interest is to see British schools at work, and in particular to learn more about the approach to teaching, daily life in schools and organising teachers and students."

During their time at Haygrove, the teachers sat in on lessons, and chatted to children and staff. English and German teacher, Kristyna Partysova, said: "It's like another world to us - the children are so behaved and really want to learn."

Czech deputy head, Alena Mikulikova said that English schools are better equipped with more resources and equipment, which they don't have.

"English teachers are paid much better, whereas we are paid the same as manual workers," she said.

During the visit to St Mary's, Jana Branecka, a Spanish and chemistry teacher, described the school as "a paradise" after becoming involved in lessons.

Year one head, Marketa Socova, said: "This visit has been very important to us. We were so very welcomed by everyone and hop to develop this link and put our shared experiences to good use."

Cllr Brian Smedley, secretary of the Bridgwater Czech Slovak friendship society, said: "Definite steps to link St Mary's with ZS Buclovice are now in progress.

"Our civic visit to Uherske Hradiste next month will celebrate the town's 750th anniversary will be given new emphasis by the latest links."