Year 8 Pupils Win 'Wicked Writers' Contest


On Friday 23 June four of our very talented children from Year 8, attended the final of the National Wicked Young Writers’ Competition at the Apollo Theatre, London.

The competition is now in its 7th year and encourages young people aged 5-25 years to use writing as a way of expressing themselves to produce unique and original pieces of prose and poetry.

Emillie Head, Amelia Entwisle, Esther Tuson and Isla Siggs were just four of 115 children selected from thousands of participants in this prestigious national writing competition. They follow in the footsteps of Matilda Collins, Milly Gibson and Jake Menzies. Last year we had three talented Year 6 writers participating with Matilda announced as the winner of the 8-10 year old category. 


Between them, our children’s entries covered a number of different genres: Emillie wrote a touching piece from the viewpoint of lost child, entitled Rain in the Winter; Esther was inspired to write an intriguing and thought-provoking piece called The Camera, and Isla penned a humorous and engaging account of a teenager’s angst over acne, A Spot of Bother.

Judges from the competition sent their congratulations to our ‘very talented students’ and told us that ‘the quality of the entries this year was excellent so being selected as a finalist was a huge achievement’. 

Mrs Brundle said, “I am absolutely delighted that three more of our children have got through to the Finals this year. It is a real testament to the hard work and passion for creative writing that I see in the English classrooms from many of our children! I am so proud of them as it is recognition, on a national level, for the talents and determination that these pupils demonstrate every week.”

Gabby Roslin compered the event and the acclaimed children’s author, Cressida Cresswell, presented the prizes. Cast members from the spectacular musical, ‘Wicked’, recited the winning pieces; there were also performances from the musical and a writing workshop with a popular children’s poet.


To our absolute surprise and delight, Isla Siggs was announced as the winner of the 11-14 year old category. Judges described her piece as ‘entertaining, hilarious and carefully crafted: a grisly tale, giving a meticulously detailed history of a truly disgusting spot that simply will not be defeated’.

Isla was justly rewarded for her efforts with a certificate signed by Michael Morpurgo and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology, a magical experience to see WICKED in performance with her friends and family, and £50 book token to spend, as well as £100 worth of books for our school library.

Our other finalists – Emillie and Esther – were also presented with signed anthologies and bags of goodies from the Wicked show.

Many, many congratulations, to Isla. Who knows? Perhaps we can make it a hat-trick next year? With the incredible talent for creative writing that we have amongst the children in the school, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. 


Learn more about the English department at Bede's Prep >

Learn more about life in Year 8 at Bede's Prep >