Hannah Wookey from Beverley High School finished first in the national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday, 4 July.
A total of 61,493 youngsters from 496 schools across the country took part in this year’s competition and Hannah first won through class, school and regional heats to reach the national final of the German 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 John Evans from the European Commission, Cambridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Robert Dryden, Justin Sycamore from Vocab Express and Pat Dalby from Alliance Française Cambridge.
Professor Richard Andrews, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: “I was delighted and astonished at the brilliance of all the competitors, and am glad to see spelling receive such sustained attention in modern foreign languages. I look forward to next year’s competition.”
The competition was the brainchild of Cambridge teacher Jane Driver and has been extended across England and Wales by Routes into Languages, a HEFCE-funded programme which features a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges to encourage pupils to study languages. Sarah Schechter, Project Manager of Routes into Languages East, based at Anglia Ruskin University, ran the national competition and organised Friday’s final.