French visitFrench student Audrey Rabin was among the students visiting CONEL.

A group of French students got a taste of college life in England when they visited the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

Each year since 2012, the College has welcomed students from the Maison Familiale Rurale, meaning Rural Family House, in Jallais near Nantes in western France.

It is one of several Rural Family Houses throughout France providing education to young people aged 14 and over, although the majority of students are 16 to 18.

The party of around 25 students spent a morning at the School of Health, Care and Early Years at the Tottenham Centre, as part of a week-long trip to London. 

French visitFrench students take part in an energetic dance workout and art class.

The group, who are all studying healthcare, childcare and customer service courses, took part in an energetic dance workout and then created colourful works of art to celebrate the friendship between the UK and France.

French student Audrey Rabin, 17, said: “I enjoyed the dancing and doing the artwork as well. From what I have seen, it must be great to study here.”

French speaking CONEL Health, Care and Early Years students Raky Diaw, 26, Naomi Makuka, 19, and Catia Raposo, 18, also talked to the group about their diploma courses.

Raky, who is from Poisy in east France, said: “They were all really interested in what it was like to study here and asked lots of questions, like how many hours we spend at college and on work placement.”

French visitCatia Raposo (left) and Raky Diaw (right) talk to the French students.

On their trip the French students also visited a day centre for people with learning disabilities and a primary school in Hendon, as well as famous landmarks and tourist attractions including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussauds and Camden Market.

The colleges hope to arrange an exchange in the near future to enable future students to experience education in each other’s countries.

Maison Familiale Rurale tutor Delphine Dixneuf said: “We have a beautiful welcome every year we come here, and would love to give that back by inviting students from CONEL to experience a few days in France.”

CONEL runs a range of Health and Social Care courses and from Entry Level to Level 3 and Early Years and Childcare courses from Level 1 to Level 4, along with Apprenticeships with organisations including hospitals, playgroups and nurseries.

Wendy Whitelaw, Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care, said:  “Visits like this give us a real international perspective on health and social care and early years. They’re a great way to find out how similar and different we are in our approaches to learning, and are also a lot of fun for the students.”

French visitFrench students outside the Tottenham Green Centre.


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