Corby pupil spells success in national final

Olivia Miller receives her prize from Jeremy Benstead
Olivia Miller receives her prize from Jeremy Benstead

A pupil from Corby has proved her spelling and language prowess in a national competition.

Olivia Miller, from Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, finished second in the national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

A total of 74,445 youngsters from 590 schools across the country took part in this year’s competition and Olivia made it through various heats to reach the final of the Spanish category.

The competition – which is sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express – involves Year 7 pupils competing to correctly translate and spell the most number of words in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds.

Prizes were presented by the deputy mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Jeremy Benstead, Paul Kaye of the European Commission, and Justin Sycamore of Vocab Express.

Sarah Schechter, Project Manager of Routes into Languages East, based at Anglia Ruskin University, ran the national competition.

She said: “We were so impressed by all the finalists, especially the winners – and very excited by the fact that having worked so hard and had so much fun this year, all the competitors now go into Year 7 with the strong vocabulary and valuable transferable skills that the competition has given them.”

Routes into Languages features a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges to encourage pupils to study languages.