A GROUP of dignitaries from the German city of Hamm said they were very impressed when they visited a Bradford special school.

Southfield School, in Little Horton, welcomed a delegation of six special needs teachers and officers from Bradford’s twin city, who were on a one day fact finding mission about special education in the UK.

The group – which also included representatives from Southfield School’s German partner, the Alfred Delp Schule – met staff and pupils and the school’s interns at Project SEARCH, a programme which gives young people with learning difficulties work experience at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

The two schools signed an agreement, strengthening commitment to providing exchange opportunities and sharing good practice.

Southfield head teacher Dominic Wall said: “We are delighted to secure this partnership with three years commitment that will see students from Bradford welcomed in Hamm in May.

“In exchange, we are also looking forward to hosting our German colleagues again in 2016.”