Cromer Junior School pupils buzz in for word-powered quiz

Cromer Junior School spelling bee competitors with deputy head teacher Suzanne Ashpole and aptlly-dr

Cromer Junior School spelling bee competitors with deputy head teacher Suzanne Ashpole and aptlly-dressed head teacher Whil De Neve. Picture: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

There was a certain buzz around the corridors of Cromer Junior School this week, when head teacher Whil De Neve donned a black and orange striped costume to take on the role of quizmaster in a whole school spelling bee.

Cromer Junior School head teacher Whil De Neve with 11-year-old spelling bee champion Isla Powell. P

Cromer Junior School head teacher Whil De Neve with 11-year-old spelling bee champion Isla Powell. Picture: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

The event, which is held termly, was the idea of deputy head teacher Suzanne Ashpole, who set the questions.

'It was really part of a school improvement plan to raise attainment and adding an element of competition has certainly had an impact,' she said.

Difficulty levels are set according to children's ages, with Year 6 pupils asked to spell tough words including mischievous and exaggerate.

Top prize this term went to 11-year-old reigning champion Isla Powell, with second place going to Bethany Pycroft and Paisley Ward and Kelsie Bonello bagging joint third.

'It's been a real success and we are hoping to organise some inter-school competitions,' Mrs Ashpole said.