A TRADITIONAL English tea party was thrown at an Oxfordshire primary school as pupils welcomed international visitors.

The community of staff and children at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Kidlington has spent two days welcoming Chinese students.

Year 5 and 6 pupils showed around 26 pupils from China as well as their teachers, both yesterday and on Wednesday.

They took part in school activities together including singing hymns in assembly, taking part in a dance lesson during PE class, and watching a whole-school pantomime show.

Yesterday the group enjoyed a cookery class and clay art activities, a quiz, learnt about Chinese writing and also took afternoon tea.

Red, white and blue bunting and Union Flag hats adorned the school in patriotic spirit.

The 218-pupil school in Oxford Road is part of the Dominic Barberi Multi Academy Company, the same multi-academy trust that runs several other Oxfordshire schools including St Gregory the Great Catholic School.

Enrichment of pupils' education through visits and activities was something the school was praised for during last Ofsted in September.

Ofsted noted pupils were 'immersed in other faiths and cultures' and gained 'strong empathy, tolerance and respect for other cultures'.