Prizes for writers

Simon Fox, deputy head of Owston Park Primary School, is celebrating with two of his pupils, as Jessica Groom (l), 11, and Kirsty Pollard, 10, came 1st and 3rd respectively in the Doncaster Book Award Story Writing Competition. Picture: Andrew Roe
Simon Fox, deputy head of Owston Park Primary School, is celebrating with two of his pupils, as Jessica Groom (l), 11, and Kirsty Pollard, 10, came 1st and 3rd respectively in the Doncaster Book Award Story Writing Competition. Picture: Andrew Roe

Budding writers at a primary school have scooped top prizes in a borough wide competition.

Jessica Groom, ten, of Owston Park Primary school in Skellow, took top place in the Doncaster Book Awards competition and won £50 for her spooky story.

Meanwhile her classmate, ten-year-old Kirsty Pollard, was awarded third place and £20.

The children were tasked with creating a 500-word short story starting with the line “I heard a loud noise, everything around me rocked and ...”

Chris Mould, author of the Something Wickedly Weird series, worked with children during the competition.

Deputy headteacher Simon Fox said: “The children did really well the competition ran across the whole of Doncaster and there were 500 entries but the judges said Jessica’s story really stood out.

“She was absolutely over the moon when she won.”