Purbrook pupils are top linguists

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A TALENTED quintet of linguists won a schools challenge to relocate an English family to a French speaking town in Canada.

Daniel House, 13, Emily Gaizley, 14, Ellie Higgins, 14, Annabel Coe, 14, and Tom Green, 13, from Purbrook Park School, dazzled the panel of international judges with their linguistic and entrepreneurial flair – and scooped the 2012 Place in the World Language Challenge .

They had organised travel for a family of four, found a new home for them in Canada, arranged shipping of their belongings, located schools, hired a deaf tutor for one of the children and secured jobs for both parents.

It is the second year in a row the school has won the Portsmouth and south east Hampshire’s Education Business Partnership challenge.

They beat competition from schools including Cowplain Community School, The Hayling College, Miltoncross, Charter Academy and finalists Cams Hill.

Purbrook’s head of modern languages Natalie Aggett said: ‘We’re proud of the achievement.The study of foreign languages is very important.

‘It enables them to develop not only their ability to communicate with a larger number of people throughout the world but also supports their development of a wider perspective of the world they live in.’