Sweet spell of success for grammar students

The heat-winning team from Bourne Gramma: Back (from left) - Scott Taylor, Dominic Green; front - Samuel Gutteridge and Oliver Ellis.
The heat-winning team from Bourne Gramma: Back (from left) - Scott Taylor, Dominic Green; front - Samuel Gutteridge and Oliver Ellis.
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Bourne Grammar School is en route to proving it has some of the best student spellers in the country.

A team beat seven others from local schools in last Thursday’s heat at Huntingdon Cineworld.

The Bourne team consisted of Samuel Gutteridge (12), Oliver Ellis (11), Scott Taylor (12) with Dominic Green (12) as a reserve.

The boys successfully spelt challenging words such as nuisance and executor.

Scott said: “We were all worried at the start but we calmed down once we started and saw our first round score.

“We were hoping to win, but we really weren’t expecting to. We are overjoyed!”

Bourne Grammar School teacher Peter Cozens said: “The team have worked incredibly hard over the last few months; I’m very proud of them.”

In second place was The King’s School, from Peterborough, with Neale-Wade Community College from March, Cambridgeshire coming third.

The last player standing was Molly McKie (11), from The King’s School, Peterborough.

Bourne Grammar School will go forward to The Times Spelling Bee semi-finals in May.

The eleven winning teams from the semi-finals will then travel to London to compete in the Grand Final at IndigO2 in the O2 Arena on Thursday, June 23.

The Times Spelling Bee aims to discover the country’s best young spellers and make spelling fun for children of all abilities.