Speaking of the event - one of a series of nationwide initiatives to help inspire children and support teachers - James Harding, Editor of the Times, offered his congratulations to the schools who have won their place in this year’s final.
Harding said: “The level of spelling these 11 and 12 year olds manage is astonishing, and they couldn’t have reached such a high standard without hours of hard work and practice. They should all be extremely proud to have done so well in the competition over the past few months, and I look forward to seeing the final ten battle it out in a few weeks’ time.”
Further information can be gathered at the website: www.timesspellingbee.co.uk, which features free spelling puzzles and games for use at home and in the classroom, by adults and young people alike.
The schools competing in the grand final are:
Bruton School for Girls, Bruton, Somerset
Colchester County High School, Colchester
Methodist College, Belfast
Newport Girls’ High School, Shropshire
South Wilts Grammar School, Wiltshire
The Judd School, Tonbridge, Kent
The Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Junior School, Edinburgh
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Church High School, Newcastle upon Tyne
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Torquay, Devon
Upton Hall School, Wirral