English Speaking Board awards for three Redmaids' High girls

November 24 2016

Twelve-year-old Gwennie Hall from Redmaids’ High Schooll has won a top award from English Speaking Board.

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Twelve-year-old Gwennie Hall from Redmaids’ High Schooll has won a top award from English Speaking Board.

Gwennie is one of five students around the country to receive ESB’s highest commendation of Young Speaker of the Year. Each year, the awards recognise the outstanding spoken language skills of the very best that ESB assessors see from candidates. The five winners were selected from 14,000 youngsters who took ESB speech examinations in 2015/16. 

When Gwennie took her ESB exam in May, her assessor was highly impressed by her ‘natural presentation style and by her poignant, sensitive and intelligent interpretation’. She was presented with her trophy at an awards ceremony held at The Old Palace in Worcester where she also performed her award-winning presentation to an audience of family and friends.

A delighted Gwennie said: “I love to perform so I am very honoured to be recognised for my achievement. I am really passionate about Shakespeare and ESB gave me the chance to choose a topic that let me share my passion. One day I hope I can use the things I have learnt and perform one of Shakespeare’s pieces on the West End stage or in Stratford-upon-Avon.”

ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, said: “The standard from all candidates put forward for this accolade was very high indeed so Gwennie did extremely well to be selected as an overall winner. Communication skills are at the heart of successful lives and careers and these students demonstrated exceptional abilities to communicate ideas and concepts, as well as being able to listen and engage with others.”

In addition to the Young Speaker of the Year performances, two other pupils from Redmaids’ High School, were honoured at the awards ceremony. Fifteen-year-olds Molly Drake and Nikita Mehta were winners of ESB’s Sixty Second Shakespeare Challenge held earlier this year to mark 400 years of Shakespeare. Both girls performed their winning sonnets during the celebration.