17th Nov, 2019

Youngsters celebrate first round success in BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition

YOUNG wordsmiths from Stratford have made it through the first round of BBC Radio 2’s story writing competition.

Over 130,000 youngsters nationally entered the 500 Words competition and Jasper Pearton and Sophie Rhodes from Wilmcote Primary School were among the 5,000 budding young authors whose stories have been shortlisted.

The pair are hoping their tales – ‘Arthur and the Magic Remote’ and ‘The Magic Flower’ – will be chosen for the final 50 which will be announced in May.

Headteacher Liz Baynard said: “We are very proud of Jasper and Sophie being selected to go through to the next round, particularly as we are such a small school.

“Wilmcote School has a strong literary and arts tradition – our pupils have taken part in writing workshops for a number of years to encourage them with their creative writing and we regularly welcome local Wilmcote author Helen Watts into school to work with the children.

“The school puts on a drama and musical at the end of each year and both Jasper and Sophie attend our weekly Glee club helping with many creative ideas for this years show.”

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