04 July 2016

The young winners of a short story competition aimed to boost literacy levels have been announced as part of the prestigious Althorp Literary Festival.

The competition, organised by Northamptonshire County Council, was aimed at pupils in Years 5 and 6 and invited them to write a story of between 500 and 1,000 words about any topic they chose.

Race to the top winners

Raise standards

The competition was held as part of the county council’s Race To The Top strategy to raise educational standards and outcomes for young people across the county.

More than 300 stories were submitted for the competition.

The first prize winner was Oliver Scola from Great Doddington Primary School for his story called Endangered Species. He won a £150 book token as well as £300 for his school.

The second prize went to Sophie Giddens from Caroline Chisholm School and the third prize winner was Harvey Willock-Bruce from Abington Vale Primary School.

Runner-up prizes went to Aston Chapman from Little Stanion Primary School and Anisha Ghelani from Great Doddington Primary School.

'Fantastic skills'

County council chairman Cllr Jim Harker said: “We were thoroughly impressed with all of the entries we received, which showcased some fantastic writing skills.

“Our Race To The Top strategy is all about encouraging and inspiring children to aim high and this competition clearly captured their imagination.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the schools and pupils who took part for making it such a success.

“I would also like to thank very much indeed Lord Spencer for allowing us the use of the beautiful portrait gallery at Althorp for the event and for his much appreciated support for the Race to the Top project.”

The short story competition follows the success of the Race To The Top coding competition last year, which invited pupils to use their technology skills to design a game or an app.