THEY could one day find themselves going head-to-head for one of the country’s top jobs.
But until then, a group of students have taken part in an exchange programme with seven of their peers from a Chinese high school.
The headteacher of Gosport’s Bay House School, Ian Potter, arranged the exchange to prepare his students for the influence China could one day have on the UK.
In October, four students flew to the city of Suzhou for an insight into China’s culture and education system.
They took part in lessons at Suzhou High School, where many pupils graduate to study and work in England and the USA.
This month, the Chinese students arrived in Gosport to experience life in the UK.
‘I felt a little bit homesick,’ said Michelle Li, 17.
‘But it’s good preparation for the future when I will be living away from home, maybe even in England.
‘Lessons here are easier and we have more free time; in China we have eight lessons each day.
‘Here there is more student interaction which is good.’