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State school girls triumph at Bee finals


Top spellers in the England final of the foreign language spelling bee 6 July were:

  • Alice Pawluk for French, from Cardinal Wiseman school in West London
  • Emily Pote for German, from Wilmslow High School in Cheshire
  • Isabel Moss for Spanish, from Landau Forte College in Derby.

Well done to them and to all the 90 other finalists. The standard was high and the tension mounted as pupils competed at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Winning trophies were presented by our partner organisations and sponsor the European Commission, with additional support from the French, German and Spanish Embassies.

The event was assisted by a team of Language Leaders from Year 8 at Comberton Village College. Creator of the Bee, Jane Driver, language project teacher at Comberton commented on the high standard and maturity of all pupils. Rachel Hawkes, Language College Director from Comberton announced the winners. Sarah Schechter, project manager for Routes into Languages East region, Heather McGuinness, Programme Manager and Professor Michael Kelly, Director gave additional speeches and support to this first ever national final.

The second national final will be for Wales on Wednesday 13 July 2011 in Cardiff.


French WINNER Alice Pawluk Cardinal Wiseman, London
  2nd Francesca Adams Bolton School Girl's Division, NW (but representing WM)
  3rd Anjali Anicatt Bolton School Girl's Division, NW (but representing WM)
  4th Rachel Legon Royal Alex & Albert, South
German WINNER Emily Pote Wilmslow High School, NW
  2nd Maisy Bates Norton Hill School, SW (but representing South)
  3rd Anny Bush Thomas Lord Audley, East of England
  4th Lydia Pickering Beverley High School, YH
Spanish WINNER Isabel Moss Landau Forte College, EM
  2nd Tayeba Bhamjee Stretford High School, NW
  3rd Odysseus Kalantaridis Harrogate Grammar, YH
  4th Klaudia Wyzykiewicz Sheffield High School, YH

Photos from the event