Speakers of Distinction!

For a second time this year, pupils from Ellesmere College have achieved extremely high grades in the Advanced Certificate in Spoken English Examination run by the English Speaking Board.


Three pupils who participated in the external examination received the top grade of distinction. They were, Bryony Sym, Michael Thornhill and Matthew White. The other pupils, William Blackwell, James Heald , Matthew Hinks, Ashley James, Daniel Jones, Tiffany Salmon and Charlotte Wigginton all achieved a  merit grade.


Head of English at Ellesmere College, Stephen Purcell said, "The pupils have been through an extremely rigorous procedure working in a group for an entire day under the scrutiny of an examiner. They are tested in just about every conceivable aspect of oral communication from individual presentations to group discussions. These exams are a wonderful foundation for the skills demanded by higher education and life beyond. Our pupils have shown very special abilities as communicators'.


On leaving the College, the English Speaking Board Examiner, Mrs Mary Arden-Davies thanked the group of pupils for "an inspiring day'.


Spoken English is one of the co-curricular activities offered at Ellesmere College to all pupils from Year 4 to the Sixth Form, and is linked to a graded scheme of English Speaking Board examinations. The College is holding an Open Day during the afternoon of Sunday 22nd May 2005 when members of staff will be available to explain how public speaking is encouraged and developed at the school, through internal and external debating competitions, social events as well as English Speaking Board Examinations.     

12th May 2005  Back to News