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English Speaking Board exam successes

On Sunday 13 March a group of 15 sixth-form pupils gave up their day to complete the English Speaking Board’s Advanced Certificate in Spoken English and achieved some exceptional results.

The Advanced Certificate is equivalent to an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an IB Standard Level course or the IB Core and the pupils worked independently to develop a range of skills and prepare for the various components of the exam. Each delivered a presentation on a topic they had researched and we were treated to a wide range of stimulating and thought-provoking subjects, including autism, the life of bees, gothic literature, American gun culture, and the effect of music on the brain.

Those involved also selected a newspaper article on a controversial issue, in order to summarise it, raise issues and lead a group discussion. Issues included trans-exclusionary radical feminism, head injuries in rugby, political correctness in comedy, state funding for boxing, and the reintroduction of wolves into the wild. A literary recommendation and prepared reading followed and we were treated to classics such as Jane Eyre, On the Road, Antigone, The Good Person of Szechwan and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

What makes ESB different from other public speaking exams is that an integral part of it is how well the candidates support and interact with each other, necessitating them listening to and engaging with each other’s presentations. They always come away having learnt lots, feeling more confident in their skills and claiming that it is the most enjoyable exam they have ever done.

With nine Distinctions and six Merits, the pupils can be very proud of their efforts. Well done all!


Carolina B
Jack B
Phoebe C 
Elodie F
Kirsty G
Poppy H
Annabella J
Tom R
Sam W


Jamie A
Agnes F
Sam H
Areena SA
Matilda W
Henrietta W