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Schoolsworks writing competition results

More than 200 pupils from our seven schools have taken part in a short story writing competition. All children, including those learning from home during lockdown and key worker children at school, were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. All the winners and runner-ups received book vouchers and certificates, which were presented by their teacher, or their parent if they were still at home.


The entries were judged across three age categories, with a winner and four runner ups selected in each group from the shortlisted stories.


The winner in the reception and Year 1 age group was Zachary from River Beach with his story ‘Night Ninja’ about a policeman called Dan who turns into a ninja at night. In the Year 2 and 3 category, the winning story was ‘Freedom’ by Elodie from Year 3 at Rustington. ‘Freedom’ tells the story of a troll and his animal friends who emerge into a woodland following a period hiding away from the outside world. The winning entry in the Year 4 to Year 6 category was by Jack from Year 6 at Rustington with his powerful story ‘Caged’ about a magical incident that occurs between a lion and a visitor at a zoo.


Each of the winners and runners up have been sent a prize of book vouchers, with all the winning and highly commended stories to be published in a special collection that will be available in every Schoolsworks school’s library.


This competition was a great way to get all of our children – whether working at home or in school – involved in a rewarding activity. It was wonderful to see so many entries coming in, and our team of judges were kept busy reading and shortlisting stories in each age category. The standard of writing and the level of creativity was very impressive, and we’ve passed on huge thanks to every child who entered the competition