Corby pupil in final of national spelling bee

India Bond of Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, is a finalist in a  national spelling bee
India Bond of Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, is a finalist in a national spelling bee

A pupil at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby has beat off competition from 61,493 youngsters to win a place in the national final of the Routes into Languages spelling bee.

India Bond will join Sarah Goldney from Guilsborough School and Alexander Keir-Bucknall from Moulton School at the event at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on Friday, July 4.

Year 7 pupils will compete to correctly spell the most number of words in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds.

The competition, sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express, has seen youngsters from 496 schools across the country take part.

Having won through class, school and regional heats, the finalists have each been given 200 words to memorise in their chosen language.

The Spelling Bee is the brainchild of Cambridge teacher Jane Driver and has been extended across England, Wales and Scotland by Routes into Languages, a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges to encourage pupils to study languages.

Sarah Schechter of Anglia Ruskin, who is the project manager, said: “We’re amazed at how the spelling bee continues to grow year on year. It gives Year 7 pupils the opportunity to really improve their language skills, while also having a lot of fun in the process.”

Prizes will be presented after the final by the deputy mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Robert Dryden, John Evans and Angeliki Petrits of the European Commission and Justin Sycamore of Vocab Express.

There will also be a special video message from spelling bee patron Larry Lamb.