16 December 2016

Pen pals – prize students shine in creative writing competition

Budding young authors from across seven partnership schools are celebrating after winning a creative writing competition.

Students from across the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) were asked to write a poem, diary entry, short story or newspaper article based on remembrance – from war time to the present day – as part of an inter-school competition.

Winners and runners up from five aged related categories have each received a book token so that they can take further inspiration from fellow writers.

Rebecca Good, deputy headteacher of Stockland Green School said:

The calibre of entries was incredibly strong and we were inundated with poems, diaries and stories, with powerful words and images. There are so many talented writers in our schools and we would like to thank the schools for taking part.”


Judge Najm Clayton, editor of Sutton Coldfield Local (pictured with ATLP students Imen, Amelia, Lauren, Aamma, Llagan and Jessica) said:

I was honoured to be a judge in the creative writing competition. The standard from all the entrants was extremely high and helping choose the winner and runner up in each key stage proved very difficult.

There were a number of different styles, from poems to newspaper reports, but all were very moving on their reflections on the ‘Great War’. Congratulations to the eventual winners and well done to all who took part – the whole competition was a credit to the schools of ATLP.”

Congratulations to our winners and runners-up (listed below):


Annalei (Brookvale)


KS2 (lower)

Amelia (Mere Green)

Libbi-Mai (Brookvale)


KS2 (upper)

Aamma (Slade)

Heesha (Brookvale)



Llagan (Coleshill)

Eesha (Stockland Green)



Lauren (Stockland Green)

Jessica (Coleshill)

Most creative entry:  Imen (Stockland Green)