Competitions & Challenges


500 Words Writing Competition

Looking for something to do ?

Why not enter our school writing competition, returning for another year!  For this popular competition, you will need to write a short story (no more than 500 words) that will engage and amaze the reader. Your story should be powerful enough to change the reader’s feelings and emotions. There will be fantastic prizes for the best story from a boy and girl in each year group. Entries can be typed or handwritten but must be the children’s own work! We will have two independent judges from the Sevenoaks Chronicle to help select the winners. All entries to be handed in on the first day back after the Christmas holidays. Please see the end of the newsletter for two examples from last year’s Radio 2 competition to inspire you!


Well done to all of you who took part last year, we had over 150 of you enter stories!  They were judged first in school and the selection of shortlisted stories then given to the judges at the Sevenoaks Chronicle.  Below is a what they felt.

“All of the shortlisted stories were of a standard well beyond what I had expected and it was a tough decision. However, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would be pleased to do it again if you run the competition next year.”

So the winning Boy & Girl in each Year group are listed below.  If you’d like to read their short stories either check out the anthology in the school library where all of the entries can be found or click on the story title to follow the link.

Winning Entries 2015-16

Year 3

Florence Patten – The Ordinary Apple

Max Musso – Max’s Adventure

Year 4

William Diprose –The Himalayan Adventure

Jessica Royle – A Royal Message to Britain’s Children

Year 5

Noah Robson – The Forest Secret

Rosie McCrone – The Tale of the Evil Flying Pig

Year 6

Isaac Handley – Tuesday Morning at the ‘Sanctuary For Later Life’

Anya Bache – Coronation Day

Winning Entries 2014-15

Year 3

Patrick Handley – Finding the Rosetta Stone

Olivia Smith – The Best Christmas Ever, Without Electricity


Year 4

Noah Sanders – The Old Man

Dulcie Pascual – The Knole Park Race


Year 5

Archie Coquelin – Jesse’s Story

Milly Lodge –The Victorian Dream


Year 6

Alexander Colesmith – Pickled Onions

Charlotte Parvin – September 1666






Your website needs you!

Amherst your website needs you.  If you would like to help add content to our website why not get involved.  You could write a review of your favourite book which could be added into your Year groups reading list and reviews section.  All you need to do is let Mr. Hancock have a copy of your review and it will appear on the site along with others from your Year group.  Please give your reviewed book a score out of 5 which will hopefully help others when looking for something else great to read.  For ideas on books you might like to read and review or to just have a look at reviews from others in you Year group why not have a look at your reading list section.


Fancy a challenge?  More whole school challenges being set in next term.  Additional information about them will be found here.