The Thomas Hardye School-BBC School Report

Success in Languages Olympiad

MFL Award

In February 2016, for the first time students from Thomas Hardye School entered the UK Linguistics Olympiad, a National Competition for students with a talent for linguistics and problem solving. Sophie Bennett and Michael Norman (both year 11) were entered at advanced level, which is the highest tier of entry available. After a gruelling 2 and a half hour test, completed after school on Wednesday 3rd February, Sophie achieved a Silver award and Michael a Gold, meaning that of the 1345 entrants (mostly 6th form students), Sophie came in the top 15% and Michael in the top 5%.

On the strength of this performance Michael was selected for Round 2, which involved the best 16 students nationally. This took place at Huddersfield University on the weekend March 18-20 and involved further training and tutoring before the Round 2 test. This was designed to select the best 4 students who will represent the UK at the International Linguistics Olympiad in July in Mysore, India.

Michael said: “It was an enjoyable experience and we learned to understand how languages work, rather than the specifics of vocabulary. We looked at syntax and semantics in different languages which helped gained a better understanding.”

We are extremely proud to report that Michael was successful and was offered a place on the UK team, which is a truly outstanding achievement. Unfortunately he is not able to participate in the international competition because of holiday commitments, but we very much hope that he will be back next year for another go, along with Sophie and anyone else who thinks this might be for them. Speak to Mr Davison if interested!



MFL Award