YARDLEY pupils have been handed awards in the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools.
Pupils at Cockshut Hill School were handed silver and bronze award for their entries into The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC).
Toha in Year 8 was awarded a silver certificate for his entry and Aqsa (Year 8), Abdullah (Year 9), Sebrina (Year 9), Megan (Year 11) and Aamna (Year 11) all received bronze certificates.
The competition has run since 1883 by the Royal Commonwealth Society and encourages young people to write for fun, help them develop key literacy skills and increase their academic attainment.
It has been delivered in Queen Elizabeth’s since 2015, in recognition of Her Late Majesty’s commitment to the Commonwealth and over the last decade alone, more than 100,000 young people have entered the competition.
Every year, young people write their essay on a theme that stems from the Commonwealth’s values and principles.
This year entrants were asked to explore the power young people hold within the global community and to consider how this power can be harnessed to make a meaningful impact in the world.
Jason Bridges, principal at Cockshut Hill, said: “I am delighted that several learners from Cockshut Hill were awarded with Silver and Bronze certificates by the Royal Commonwealth Society for their entries into the QCEC.
“They wrote some brilliant, thought-provoking essays and they should be very proud of their achievement.”