QE team win Barnet spelling competition

A team of Year 7 boys has won first prize in the Barnet Spelling Bee – a competition organised by the London School of Economics. The competition was established in order to discover and encourage Barnet’s best spellers, and to make spelling fun for children of all abilities.

Kriisan Manoharasundaram (on the left of the photo), Karnan Sembian (on the right), Oliver Robinson and Pranav Santhosh Kumar scored 44 points in the final, beating Hendon School, who scored 38, into second place. The same team also won the previous round of the contest. The boys each won a £25 voucher.

English teacher Sarah Snowdon, who accompanied the boys to the final at the LSE, said: “I was very proud of them; they behaved exceptionally and were sensible and excellent on a busy tube on the way in.”

  • Here are some of the words the boys had to spell: accolade, siege, nominal, miniature, counterfeit, chauffeur