Students inspired to write

Students inspired to write

Shuttleworth College students are aiming high – as they are hoping to write their way to victory in a national competition and read the height of the school!

The students are taking part in Radio 2’s 500 Words, which is the biggest short-story competition for children in the world.

The winners of the competition will win Chris Evans’ height in books – plus 500 books for the school.

The, using the prize for the 500 Words as inspiration, the staff and students are going to try and read the height of the school.

Shuttleworth will be measured over the coming weeks and the books read by staff and students will be logged until they have read enough books to reach the top of the college.

The Year Seven Shuttleworth students have written stories on dogs, aliens, modern fairy-tales and more.

Student Tegan Green is focusing on an alien. She said: “It’s harder than you think writing 500 words. The first paragraph was easy – but then I had to decide how to take it from there!”

Fellow student Kendal Hankinson said: “My problem is keeping it to 500 words, I always write too much. My story is a modern fairy-tale. Once I got into writing, it seemed easy.”

The 500 Words Final will be broadcast live from Hampton Court Palace on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday 8th June.