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Pupils excel in spoken English

Thirteen pupils in A3 were given the opportunity to prepare for and take the English Speaking Board's Grade 8 Advanced Certificate in Spoken English, a nationally-recognised and accredited qualification. Of the 13 that took the exam, four have achieved distinctions and three have been awarded the grade of merit plus.

Ian McClary, Head of Sixth Form at Bryanston, explains more about the exam. "Each year around 12-15 A3 pupils prepare for the exam which takes place at the end of the spring term. During a series of workshops they learn how to prepare and deliver a presentation, lead and manage a discussion on a newspaper article, give a prepared reading from and evaluation of a book they have read and learn how to support their peers through questioning and to respond to questions themselves. Unlike other exams of this kind, candidates are required to stay for the whole day to support their peers.

This year 12 pupils gave up most of the last Sunday of term to complete this voluntary exam in their free time and they did themselves and the school proud. Topics were very wide ranging and presentations included 'Why the Americans lost in Vietnam', 'Sylvia Plath', 'Homophobia in Footbal' and 'The Zombie in Popular Culture'. Issues such as EU membership, Scottish independence, the beauty industry and obesity and the NHS were discussed and by the end everyone's summer reading list was confirmed: 'Frankenstein', 'The Bell Jar', 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' by David Sedaris to name but a few. 

By the end of the day everyone had gained in knowledge and confidence and had better learnt to work together and be mutually supportive. They agreed that it was the most enjoyable and interesting exam they had ever done."
 

The English Speaking Board's Grade 8 Advanced Certificate in Spoken English is part of the academic enrichment programme in the sixth form at Bryanston.
 

The following pupils were awarded a distinction:

Cosmo L
Micah M
Kathleen R
Niamh S

The following pupils were awarded a merit plus:

Bryony B
Juliette E
Henry R