A YORK youngster is in the national finals of a spelling bee.

Year 7 pupil Patrick Randall from All Saints RC School beat off competition from more than 61,000 youngsters nationwide to reach the final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

He competed against other children to correctly spell the most number of words in French, Spanish or German in just 60 seconds.

The competition, sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express, took place yesterday and saw a total of 61,493 youngsters take part from 496 schools across the country.

Sarah Schechter of Anglia Ruskin, who is the Project Manager, said: “We’re amazed at how the Spelling Bee continues to grow year on year.

“It gives Year 7 pupils the opportunity to really improve their language skills, while also having a lot of fun in the process.

“Studies have shown that being able to speak a foreign language has many other benefits, including improving memory, multitasking and decision-making."