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MFL Anthea Bell Translation Exchange Competition run by The Queen’s College Oxford

Pupils from our Senior School participated in the Anthea Bell Translation Exchange Competition where several pupils between Year 8 and Year 10 reached the Regional Finals and Year 9 pupil, April-Louise, was selected as area winner for their translation from Spanish to English. 

The Anthea Bell Prize for young Translators aims to promote and inspire creativity in the classroom and at home by encouraging language learning and the study of modern foreign languages across the UK.

Over 14,000 pupils took part in the competition task alone in 2022 and the judges, a team of professional translators, were delighted to receive over 3,200 submissions from more than 260 schools, and all were impressed by the standard of entries having read some excellent translations.

All pupils completed translations from French, German, or Spanish to English in Levels 1 to 4 depending on age range. All of our entrants for MSJ need to be very proud of their achievements as it was stiff competition. 

Congratulations to the following pupils who were put through to the regional heats:

Year 8 Spanish Level 1 Regional Finalists






Year 8 Spanish completed a Level 1 translation from Spanish to English of a text from a children's play by Antonio de la Fuente Arjona, titled, El ladrón de palabras (The Word Theif) which begins with a television presenter making an important announcement. 

Year 9 Spanish Level 2 Regional Finalists 






Year 9 Spanish completed a Level 2 translation of a poem by the author Pedro Mañas, from the book of poems, titled Ciudad Laberinto (Labyrinth City). 

Year 10 Spanish Level 3 Regional Finalists 






Year 10 completed a Level 3 translation of an extract from a novel by Espido Freire titled, El chico de la fleche (The boy with the arrow). The book is set in Roman Hispania in the first century and includes footnotes detailing facts from the period.

It is fantastic to announce that April-Louise, Year 9, has been selected as an area winner for her translation from Spanish to English of a text. As the Area Winner for Level 2, April-Louise will now be put through to the national competition, the result of which will be announced at the end of June 2022.

This is a fantastic achievement given the standard and number of entries received this year.