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500 Words Grand Final

A huge well done to Lower School pupil Tom Foreman who reached the Top 50 of BBC Radio 2’s national story writing competition 500 Words.

Tom attended the star-studded grand final on Friday 27 May at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, along with a host of public figures including Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Broadcast live on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, the final was part of the BBC’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Tom did amazingly well to reach the final 50 with his story ‘Crime Doesn’t Pay…but…’ as the competition received a record 123,436 entries from children all over the UK.

Guest narrators at the grand final included Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston and Warwick Davies. One Republic, All Saints and Foxes performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Community Gospel Choir. 

As well as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as an Honorary Judge, the judging panel included best-selling authors Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.