National spelling competition

PUPILS from schools across the region were in Norwich on Monday to put their word power to the test in the semi-final of the country's first national spelling competition.

PUPILS from schools across the region were in Norwich on Monday to put their word power to the test in the semi-final of the country's first national spelling competition. Flegg High School, at Martham, was the only local representative in The Times Spelling Bee event, held at the Odeon Riverside cinema. More than 750 schools from across the UK initially entered the competition.

The Flegg team - The Fleggheads - comprised Joe Isaacs, Nathan Jones, Ashlea Brooks and reserve Jack Salter, all 12. They were accompanied by English teacher Claire Galeski, who said: “I'm pleased with how they have done. They're the only local school represented here. The standard has been very high, especially considering all the children are 11 and 12. There is an over-reliance on computer spell-checkers these days but being able to spell is important.”

The winning team were from St Martin's School, Northwood, Middlesex.