Pupils from all seven Schoolsworks schools have taken part in the academy trust's first ever short story writing competition. Children across all schools were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. The entries were judged across three age categories, and the winners and runners-up were presented with book vouchers and certificates.

Each of the three winners – Kacey from River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton, Zoe from Medmerry Primary School, Selsey and Aaron from Rose Green Junior School in Rose Green, Bognor – were awarded a £20 book token. A Schoolsworks pupil receives her certificate from CEO Chris Seaton

All of the winning and highly commended stories will be published in a special collection that will be available in every Schoolsworks school's library.

Chris Seaton, CEO of Schoolsworks multi-academy trust, commented: "We were amazed by the high quality of entries from across the Trust. We were blown away.

"It is clear that we have many extraordinary writers in our schools, and it has been fantastic to enable the children to share their ideas in this way and provide a way of celebrating the most exciting stories across all of the schools. Congratulations to all the children who took part – they created wonderful stories that were a pleasure to read."

Schoolworks is a multi-academy trust which is made up of seven schools across West Sussex. Headteachers, Trust directors, local governors and senior leaders from all schools work closely together, resulting in key policies being consistent across the Trust. Working as part of a multi-academy trust means that staff at all levels are able to share good practice and expertise.

The Schoolworks pupils' winning stories are available to read online here.

Photo: Chris Seaton, CEO of Schoolsworks, presenting one of the winners with their prize and certificate 
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A Schoolsworks pupil receives her certificate from CEO Chris Seaton
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