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Storytelling success in 500 Words

published in April 2017

We are very excited to announce that four of our pupils have got through to the second round of the 500 Words short story-writing competition by BBC Radio 2. Suzanne Chinnock, Clayesmore Prep Head of English and Drama, writes:

Lots of children at the Prep school entered this popular and increasingly prestigious competition, many having written stories in English lessons and some having entered from home. Since its inception in 2011, the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition, whose patron is Camilla Parker Bowles, has grown and grown, with more and more children entering year on year. This year there were approximately 130,000 entries across the two categories: under 9 and 10-13 year-olds.

We are therefore extremely proud to report that four prep school children - William F. from Year 7, Millie and Benjamin from Year 6 and Billy from Year 5 - have made the second round, making it into the top 5,000 in the country - that's the top 4%!

Well done and good luck with the next stage of the judging.