Students Enter Radio 2 Competition – 500 Words

Radio 2 have been running a short story writing competition which over 50 of our students have entered. This year’s judges include Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, alongside authors Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

Our students have completed their stories in their own time and have written a huge variety of tales. Their imaginations have clearly run wild and allowed them to create some wonderfully compelling narratives.

The prizes on offer are –

1st Prize – Chris Evans’ height in books!

The Gold winners in each age group will win a pile of books as tall as Chris – that’s 1.88 metres! – and 500 books for their school library.

2nd Prize – HRH’s height in books!

The Silver winners will be awarded a stack of books as tall as our Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall!

3rd Prize – Your own height in books!

Our Bronze winners will walk away with their own height in books!


This year’s prizes are bigger and better than ever! In addition to the above 500 Words 2018’s winners will also get to ride in THE Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before taking tea on the Thames aboard HM The Queen’s rowbarge – Gloriana!


The Top 50 shortlisted entrants will receive a pair of tickets to the final (for the entrant and a parent or guardian). All entrants of the competition will be asked if they wish to be entered into a random ballot to receive a pair of tickets to the final.


Good luck to all of our students who entered. The Top 50 stories will be announced in early May 2018.

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