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Regional Spell Bee Hosted at Corby Business Academy

Students battled it out in three languages at the third regional foreign language Spell Bee.

Corby Business Academy hosted the event which saw students from 11 schools from across the East Midlands compete to make it to July’s National final in Cambridge.

There were Spell Bees in German, French and Spanish and each student had one minute to spell as many words as possible in the alphabet of their chosen language.

Four Year 7 students took part in the competition and put in a strong performance.

Chloe Burton, Stephanie Gore-Devlin, Kathryn McQue, Ellie Moore, who made it to this stage of the competition after winning their class and then whole year competitions, all competed in French.

Chloe Burton said: “I thought it was an excellent event as it helped teach us lots of new French words which I have found has already helped with my lessons.

“I would really like to have another attempt at this type of competition.”

This is the third annual competition, which is run by Routes for Language – a consortium of Universities that help promote language in schools and colleges.

Sarah Schechter, a lecturer from Anglia Ruskin University, organised the regional competition.

She said: “This type of event is important as we are short of linguists in this country. Our job is to enthuse young people to study language. The standard we have seen today is fantastic and already we are finding that students who have taken part in the event at Year 7 go on to do very well at Year 8.

“It gives them a great foundation to build on.”

The event was catered by Year 10 students from our Hospitality group. All together 250 schools from across the country took part.


Pictured - Director of Modern Foreign languages Karen Turney and a winning student