Sandroyd pupils are ‘Born to write’

Two pupils from Sandroyd have won prizes at St Mary’s Shaftesbury’s inaugural ‘Born To Write’ competition.  Jamuna Macro and Jack Cartwright both won ‘Highly Commended’ prizes in the Year 7-9 category.

“To have two students recognised for the quality of their writing really is exceptional,” says Sandroyd’s Head of English, Sarah Adkin. “Particularly given the high number of entries to the competition from schools across the area – there were over sixty entries from students at nine different schools.”

Pupils were invited to write a short story of no longer than 1000 words, on the theme of relationships.  Numerous classes took part in the competition at Sandroyd and, after careful consideration, a total of eight short stories were entered into the competition.

Entries were judged on plot, characterisation, style, use of language and originality by the renowned author and former Booker Prize winner, Fay Weldon.

Competitions such as these are a fantastic opportunity to encourage pupils to be creative in their writing,” continues Miss Adkin. “It helps them to develop their language skills and to give them an opportunity to practise the process of both devising story ideas and committing those ideas to paper.”