George’s apocalyptic effort wins first prize in writing competition

John Court, headteacher, with George Barker
John Court, headteacher, with George Barker
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A SCHOOLBOY won a Kindle after coming top in a writing competition at William Parker Sports College.

George Barker, who is in year 10, was hailed top story writer after penning a 500-word piece.

The contest was open to all year groups with the winner from each category going on to the final.

There were more than 50 entries all showing great imagination and fantastic storytelling skills.

The stories ranged from aliens to explorers and vampire slayers to detectives.

The judges were so impressed by the standard of the competition that they could not decide on the winner, so it was up to head teacher John Court to cast the deciding vote.

The winning story, Apocalypse, was written by George and is set on Earth 100 years into the future.

Mr Court, who presented the prizes, said: “It is so refreshing to be reminded that young boys have real literary talents and enjoy reading. Congratulations to all the students who took part in this inspiring competition.”

The finalists each received £10 worth of book tokens and free family tickets to Smugglers Adventure and Blue Reef Aquarium tickets.