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Success for young linguists

Success for young linguists
From left: Hannah and Sophie.
Thursday 9th September 2010 by C. Freeman
Students Victoire Huchet, Chris Tew, Sophie Ellis and Hannah Loy all gained A-graded GCSEs after taking French or Spanish exams years earlier than usual.

Chris, Victoire, and Hannah were all in Year 7 when they gained their grades, Hannah was just one year older and, also celebrating GCSE success was Spanish assistant Celia Prats who was awarded an A* in her French GCSE.

Victoire and Chris each took French while Sophie and Hannah got their Spanish qualifications. Three of them are bilingual because they have parents who speak the language, while Sophie became proficient as she spent five years living in Spain.

PictureFrom left: Celia, Chris and Victoire.

Victoire said: 'The speaking part of the exam was easy but the writing was a bit harder. We did a lot of mock exams and Mrs Price used to help me after school and practice with Chris and I. At home I usually speak in French and my mum speaks to me in English only when I get told off!'

Sophie said: 'It was scary going into the exam room! We had to do some speaking exams so we practiced with Mrs Navarro-Marin and Celia.'

Celia, who had studied French in her native Spain, was awarded the highest grade in her GCSE French exam. She said: 'I thought it would be really useful and Mrs Navarro-Marin and Mrs Price were really encouraging me to get the A*.'

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