AN ARTICLE in a magazine about trees and wood led to a Swedish teacher paying a visit to Barry Comprehensive School.

Bernt Rudholm, a wood and metalwork teacher from a school in Linköping, read about the Barry school in an article in the magazine Living Woods in 2012.

The article was about the work Paul Bartlett does with the design and technology department in Barry.

Inspired by this, Bernt eventually found himself in the Vale as part of an exchange opportunity, finding out about schooling in Wales.

He said: "I got a warm welcome to Wales and to Barry Comprehensive.

"I received two guides who took care of me among all the classrooms and corridors. Barry Comp is much bigger than my school in Sweden.

"It was very interesting to see the issues I came for, green wood work and literacy and I got a good insight in those fields, but also how things can be at an all boys school."