James proves he has way with words in contest

May 04 2021
James proves he has way with words in contest

James Thatcher’s way with words has earned him a silver medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad, placing him in the top 15 per cent of all entrants.

He is a first year student at Worcester Sixth Form College.

Seven of the college’s students, Edie Allden, Bryony Burton Parry, Ellie Cross, Chloe Embley, Ethan Emeny, Katie Harris and Josh Winfield, received bronze medals, placing them in the top 35 per cent.

Two others, Ella Hart and Ellen Bond, achieved good scores.

All of the students are studying either English or a modern foreign language A-level.

Kate Wolstenholme, head of English, film and media at the college, said: “I am so proud of all our entrants in such a challenging competition which requires them to solve linguistic data problems.

“Only 14 per cent of the entrants come from state schools, which makes their achievements even more notable.”

James Thatcher, left, and Josh Winfield