Karris Chappell, a Sixth Form pupil at Bruton School for Girls has been selected from over 30,000 candidates nationally and voted as one of The English Speaking Board’s (ESB) Speakers of the Year.
The ESB programme is offered to every student in the Sixth Form at Bruton School for Girls. Public speaking and communication skills are learnt and honed in lessons throughout Year 12 and then externally assessed. The examination is rigorous with candidates making a presentation, leading a newspaper discussion and reading a piece of literature, plus fielding questions from the audience.
Karris spoke on a range of topics from theatre lighting to whether lessons should be provided on the correct use of social media and ended with a reading from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The judge was clearly impressed by her performances as Karris was awarded 100% and selected as a candidate for Speaker of the Year.
Karris has now been selected as one of the 12 overall winners and will travel to Liverpool’s iconic Water Front at the end of November to showcase her presentations and to receive her award.
Nicky Botterill, Headmistress at Bruton School for Girls said: “We value the ESB qualification hugely, it gives our girls valuable UCAS points and also develops their public speaking skills, strengthens their confidence and ensures they are able to communicate effectively. This sets them apart from other candidates at interview, both for university and in the workplace. Karris’ presentations were exceptional and we are so proud that she has been selected for this national award.”