The Great GORSE Spelling Bee competition has officially started across all Academies within The GORSE Academies Trust. As part of our ongoing commitment and passion for improving the standard of our students’ literacy, all students from Year 5 (within our Primary Academies) to Year 10 (within our Secondary Academies) have been taking part in the competition.

It is our hope that the Spelling Bee will help to generate healthy rivalries across the Trust with students becoming passionate about their Academy winning the coveted Key Stage 2 trophy. Furthermore, it is our aim to promote and enhance students’ enthusiasm for literacy and to improve their overall attainment as a result. The spellings that Year 5 and 6 students are engaging with are directly from the National Curriculum so this is a fantastic way for them to practise and consolidate their spelling knowledge.

The competition is running for a four week period, with each week representing a new tier in the competition’s structure, leading to a live grand finale. All students within Years 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to represent their Academy.

The competition runs as follows:

  • Week One – the week commencing Monday 27th February:  all children sit a twenty word spelling test to determine the top three spellers in their class.
  • Week Two- the week commencing Monday 6th March:  fellow children prep their quarter finalists and practise spelling rules/key words with them so that they feel confident for Week Three.
  • Week Three- the week commencing Monday 13th March:  The quarter finalists from each class will compete in a Spelling Bee school assembly until there is one representative for Year 5 and one for Year 6.
  • Week Four- the Live Final, Thursday 23rd March: to be held at The Ruth Gorse Academy from 4.00pm until 6.30pm. Year group finalists will battle it out for the title of top speller against their peers from across the Trust.

We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for the competition and would love it if you could represent your Academy at the Live Final Event. If you would like to enquire about tickets, please contact your child’s class teacher for more information. Alternatively, please contact your Academy’s Spelling Bee Coordinators outlined below.

Hillcrest Academy- Miss. S. Fitch

Morley Newlands Academy- Mr. A Strafford

Ryecroft Academy- Miss R. Booth

Good luck to all of our student spellers.


Miss H. Dixon-Connor.





Literacy and Communications Coordinator- The GORSE Academies Trust.