WINNERS of the annual King’s Ely Writing Competition received their prizes at a special awards ceremony on Thursday evening to coincide with this year’s World Book Day.

All pupils from Years 3 to 13 were invited to submit a short story for the popular competition. The only stipulations were that the story could not be more than 500 words and had to be original work. English teachers in all parts of the school read hundreds of entries before passing the best onto the various sections’ Heads of English for final judging.

There was a huge range of topics, with stories featuring hedgehogs, elves, swindlers, the Grim Reaper and a pink TARDIS – a particular favourite of King’s Ely Senior’s Head of English, Frank Danes (above, right), who is publishing a book about Doctor Who in April. Fifty Years in Time and Space: A Short History of Doctor Who tells the story of the regenerating

time traveller from 1963 to 2013, covering all of the action on screen and behind the scenes.

The top prize winners from each year group read out their winning entries at the reception and all prize winners received vouchers for Topping’s bookshop in Ely.

Mr Danes said: “The guest speaker – Mr Richard Pinto, author of Citizen Khan and Fresh Meat for television – praised the range of writing produced by the students and said how touched he had been by their talent and enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all of the winners.”

Teachers also took part in the competition, and staff across all sections of the school helped to reinforce the idea of reading for World Book Day.

The following photos are a selection of over 40 that were published throughout the school this week:

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