East Leake Academy students submitted a record number of entries for Shepshed Charnwood Rotary Club’s annual Young Writers’ Competition, where six of our students were named winners.

Rotary Club members and other guests joined together for another splendid evening listening to the six winning writers reading their entries with confidence and aplomb.

The stories ranged from the humorous to the sinister macabre, from the reality of World War One trenches to a present day fantasy, each holding the audience spellbound.

The judges had faced a major challenge in selecting three award winners from each category with one of the competition judges, June Hutchinson, commenting that the quality of the writing from all of the entries was ‘incredibly high’ and President Bill Watson adding that he was impressed with the confidence of the students in their excellent presentation to the audience of teachers, Rotarians and family.

Principal, Mrs Hardy, praised the students and thanked the Rotary Club, not only for its continued support of the Young Writers’ Competition, but also for its sponsorship of other projects, such as the annual author’s day.

This year it was award-winning children’s author, Harriet Goodwin, who provided inspiration and a guide to story writing techniques for ELA students.

Well done to all of our students who took part this year.