Students prepare to battle it out in an international word competition

Students are poised with tablets at the ready to battle in the international Word Mania online competition.

Pool Academy’s Year 7, 8 and 9 have been practising for next week’s event and were second on the South West practice leader board after creating more than 14,000 words.

Word Mania sees children competing against other schools to find as many words, hidden in a jumble of 15 letters, as they can in just three minutes.

In the practice week Pool Academy received a phone call from one of the competition officials to congratulate them in creating 14,761 words in the first three days.

The competition takes place on the students’ tablets and the first round starts on November 6 until November 10.

Points are awarded for the most words found as well as for the longest words. Those taking part will be awarded badges and credits according to their scores. Certificates will be given as well as the chance to win more than £10,000 in prizes for the school.

Children from as far away as Africa and Asia are also taking part in the competition

Lisa McKune, Pool Academy English teacher, said: “Since Monday, Pool Academy students have created 14,761. In three days that is formidable. A competition official rang me yesterday to say how well we had done.

“Next week is the first round of the competition. I wish everyone good luck and hope they keep up the good work.

“Pool Academy has never taken part in this competition before and they are already doing so well.”

Pool Academy are on the National Practice Leader Board...results as 02/11/2017

Pool Academy are on the National Practice Leader Board...results as 02/11/2017

Christiana Richardson