Guilsborough pupil in final

A pupil from Guilsborough has reached the national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee.

Sarah Goldney got past more than 61,000 Year 7 pupils from 496 schools across the country and has won through to the German final. The event will be held at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Friday, July 4.

She will compete to correctly spell the most number of words in German in just 60 seconds.

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. Routes into Languages East, based at Anglia Ruskin University, runs the national competition and organises the final.

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.

“Studies have shown that being able to speak a foreign language has many other benefits, including improving memory, multi-tasking and decision-making. Therefore the skills these youngsters have shown in reaching the final should prove useful in other subjects as well.”