Young scribes make finals of UK contest

Budding reporters from a Harborough school have made the finals of a national journalism competition.

Students Holly Grimshaw and Jared Alexander, both from the town’s Robert Smyth Academy, are members of a creative writing group at the school run by English teacher Catherine Ward-Langman.

The Year 10 pupils have both won places on the shortlist of nine students for the national finals of a competition run by the National Literacy Trust.

The contest, aimed at secondary school students, was entitled “My Words, My World”.

The whole class at Robert Smyth spent time looking at examples of journalistic writing and what skills were needed to write an article.

They then chose a topic that interested them and researched it.

Mrs Ward-Langman said: “I was really proud of all of the students; they have all developed their own styles, but what surprised me was the breadth of topics they chose to research and write about – and with such passion.

“For two to make it to the final nine is a real achievement, considering this is a national competition judged by real working journalists.”

Their articles, on gender equality and the belief in elves among Icelanders, will feature on the National Literacy Trust’s website and the pair will also get to attend a prizegiving ceremony in London in February.