Three very motivated and high-achieving students from an Italian secondary school will be studying at Drummond CHS next term, and require host families with whom to stay.

The girls come from Liceo Scientifico 'G.Ferrari', a high school for science located in Borgosesia in north-western Italy, and will be studying in Broughton from the end of August to the start of the Christmas holidays this year.

The idea is to broaden the cultural horizons of the students, and to this end the Italian school's longtstanding International Projects and Exchange Programmes Coordinator Paola Crevola contacted Shirley-Ann Somerville, MSP in search of a suitable Edinburgh school.

Now 17-year-old Virginia Comoletti, Giulia Grippo and Elena Zignon are looking for three safe and responsible local families. While here, the girls will be in regular contact with Ms Crevola, and under the pastoral supervision of an Edinburgh-based Italian coordinator.

To find out more or to express your interest, contact Drummond's Headteacher Norma Prentice and Paola Crevola.

Readers able to accommodate older, professional language students (under an entirely different set of arrangements) may be interested in our Breaking news piece of 19 June.