North West Academies Trust story writing competition is a booming success

Children at North West Academies Trust (NWAT) schools had an ear-splitting treat when their award-winning stories were bellowed out by Chester’s Town Crier.

Talented pupils from North West Academies Trust (NWAT) schools took part in a competition to write 500-word tales, and they let their imaginations run wild.

Though the annual awards ceremony could not take place at Waterstones Chester as usual due to social distancing restrictions, teachers were determined the celebrations would go ahead in a different format.

Now Town Crier David Millington has shouted out the winners and read out their stories to the excited youngsters who tuned in online.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “We didn’t want social distancing to stop this year’s competition, and it worked brilliantly.

“It’s important to celebrate hard work and achievement and this competition showcased everything that is good about our schools and why we are so proud of our children.

“The depth of creativity and imagination across the board is just brilliant.”

The pupils who took part attend Delamere Academy, near Northwich, Oak View Academy, Winsford, Grosvenor Park Academy, Acresfield Primary School and St Martin’s Academy, Chester, Weaverham Primary Academy, Weaverham, and Ellesmere Primary School, Shropshire.

Their creations were judged by a panel of Trustees and Mr Mitchell.

Acresfield Year 6 pupil Grace Millington’s composition Monday Morning Drama earned her first prize, £50 in Waterstones vouchers and £250 for her school.

Second, third and fourth were Delamere’s Hayden Ashton, who won £40 in vouchers and £200 for her school, Delamere’s Teddy Cahill, who won £30 in vouchers and £150 to his school, and Grosvenor Park’s Samuel Fielder who won £20 in vouchers and £100 to his school, respectively.

The other 10 finalists received £10 in vouchers each, with a £100 special prize going to Delamere Academy for encouraging the most children to take part.

Judges described the stories as ‘quirky’, ‘humorous’ and ‘moving’, with explorations of everything from other realms to complex emotional and social issues.

Mr Mitchell, who was a primary school teacher for 16 years and a writer himself, said: “The stories were phenomenal, they seem to get better every year.

“I believe that Grace has already had work published and her story was just brilliant – they all were – and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

“Story writing is very challenging for children, particularly finishing with a good ending, but they managed to keep me guessing.”

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  • Town Crier on Zoom.
  • Town Crier reading the stories at North West Academies Trust, Chester
  • Last year’s event in Waterstones, Chester.