King's Worcester

21 September

The King’s School Worcester launches its first Primary School Writing Competition

The King’s School Worcester is delighted to announce the launch of its first Primary Schools’ Writing Competition on the theme of The First World War.

The writing competition, which is open to students from all primary schools across Worcestershire, is designed to encourage children to put pen to paper and submit entries of their own work in any chosen genre.

The competition runs alongside the Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14-18 photographic exhibition, currently on display in Cathedral Square. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the First World War and its award-winning photojournalist, Michael St. Maur Sheil, will be providing a series of exclusive, engaging talks to children in Years 5 and 6.

Emmah Cameron, Head of History and Politics at King’s, said; “Michael is renowned for his engaging nature and fascinating insights into the Great War. This exhibition and his support for local schools really will engage and help children to develop their understanding of the world 100 years ago.”

The competition also has local backing from Robin Walker, Worcester’s Local MP, who will be working with King’s A Level English students on the judging panel. Mr. Walker added; “I’m delighted to be playing a part in the Primary Schools’ Writing Competition, which serves both to encourage the creativity and writing skills of local pupils and to enrich their understanding of the First World War as we mark the Centenary celebrations this year. I look forward to working with the A level students at KSW to judge the stories, poems and letters, and I would encourage as many Worcester primary schools as possible to share this with their pupils and submit entries.”

Children are encouraged to write in any genre, e.g. poetry, fiction, diary entries or letters and judging will be carried out by the Sixth Form Panel. Winners in different age categories will be announced on The King’s School website by 1st December 2018 and prizes will be awarded for different age groups up to and including Year 6.

Andrew Maund, Head of English at King’s, also added; “It’s through this competition that we hope to celebrate active engagement in writing. Writing helps foster children’s creativity, literacy and talent to build self-confidence and aspiration.”