Pupils from Belmont Grosvenor School are creative writing superheroes

Pupils from independent Harrogate prep school Belmont Grosvenor have had their writing skills recognised by the organisers of a national story-writing competition.

Year 1 youngsters entered their stories about Belmont Grosvenor’s own superhero Cherry Berry into the Young Writers’ Superhero Adventures creative writing competition, a UK-wide writing challenge.



And Belmont Grosvenor School’s Year 1 teacher Mrs Nicola Shillam was delighted when all her pupils’ adventure stories were picked from thousands of entries to appear in a special book due to be published later in the year.

The annual writing competition, co-ordinated by Young Writers, aims to encourage young people to engage in creative writing by challenging primary-school age children to write a story about a character with special powers.

Mrs Shillam dressed up as Belmont Grosvenor School superhero ‘Cherry Berry’ to fire her pupils’ imagination, complete with red wig and mask.

Mrs Shillam said:

To have all our Year 1 children chosen out of thousands of entries is wonderful news and a real honour for Belmont Grosvenor School and proves that our pupils’ creative writing skills are amongst some of the best in the country.

The Young Writers’ Superhero Adventures – Creative Capers is due to be published in April and will be placed in the British Library and other libraries across the UK, as well as being on-sale in book shops.

At the same time, Young Writers will announce an overall competition winner who will win a £1000 cash prize for their school.



Belmont Grosvenor School and its Magic Tree Nursery, is based in 20-acres of grounds in Birstwith, just three miles from Harrogate.

The Young Writers’ competition is the latest in a string of successes for youngsters at Belmont Grosvenor School, which have included Year 4 gymnast Robert Kidd winning the chance to train alongside sporting elite and Head Girl Matilda Tasker appearing on stage in a production at Harrogate Theatre.


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