Pontefract Children Win National Writing Competition

Twelve children are following in the footsteps of their favourite authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams after being selected out of 10,000 children to have their creative writing published in a book.

The children are all from Larks Hill Junior & Infant School in Pontefract, part of Pontefract Academies Trust and were tasked to write a poem or short story no more than 100 words along the theme of “A wander in the Woods”. The work that they produced has really impressed not only the school but the judges of the Young Writers Competition.

One of the winners, Eleanor from Year 6 said: “I really enjoy writing stories, it’s great fun. Everything I learn in my English lessons, I try to apply to my poems and stories. It was also a challenge to limit my poem to 100 words but I’m so pleased that I was picked.”

Debbie Killingworth, organiser at Young Writers said: ‘I would like to congratulate the children of Larks Hill Junior and Infant School for their continued great writing. As Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

Ian Shuttleworth, Headteacher at Larks Hill Junior and Infant school said: “The standard of writing was so impressive and we’re very proud of their achievement. We hope that this will inspire them to continue to embrace their love of creative writing and poetry and look forward to reading more of their masterpieces in the coming months.”