Y8 students enter BBC Radio 2 writing competition, 500 Words

500 Words first launched in 2011, is a BBC Radio 2 competition designed to inspire students to be creative and compose an original piece of fiction, using no more than 500 words.

Now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world, Freebrough Academy’s budding Y8 writers took to the challenge, putting pen to paper in a bid to compete in the nationwide literacy competition. Freebrough’s involvement demonstrates an exciting way to improve both literacy skills and the love of the English language for students. The competition evoked a sense of fun and challenged the students’ creativity when asked to write a story on any topic in no more than 500 words. The competition also assisted the students in developing their skills ready for future exams.

Mrs Longhorn, English Intervention teacher told us: “There’s nothing better than a story that captivates the imagination and giving our students the opportunity to create their own mini masterpieces, and to use their amazing creative skills in English is brilliant! Knowing that their work will be read by someone outside of the Academy gave them a real buzz when writing and they were really pleased to receive their certificates for their endeavours.”

The lucky winners will be given the chance, along with 50 runners up, to attend the award ceremony at The Tower of London later this year. The winners will be awarded a stack of books the height of Chris Evans (6ft, 2in), plus other prizes for their school.