King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds has become the first school in the country to send pupils on a cultural exchange trip to Iraq.
Sixth formers visited Kurdistan in the North of the country and took part in an education festival that celebrated the unifying power of sport.
Pupils told our Education correspondent Elodie Harper that it was the trip of a lifetime:
Security on the trip was a major concern for parents, pupils and staff.
The Headteacher of King Edward VI School, Geoff Barton, explains to Anglia News why he chose to accept the British Council’s invitation to visit Iraq: