Thorncombe pupils make the BBC's 500 Words shortlist

PUBLISHED: 13:01 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:36 14 May 2019

Rosie Kilgore and Jenna Kahn who are through to the next round of BBC’s 500 Words contest. Picture: Thorncombe Primary School.

Rosie Kilgore and Jenna Kahn who are through to the next round of BBC's 500 Words contest. Picture: Thorncombe Primary School.

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Youngsters praised for reaching the next round - with the chance of winning books for the school

Pupils who wrote stories for the contest. Picture Thorncombe Primary SchoolPupils who wrote stories for the contest. Picture Thorncombe Primary School

Two pupils from St Mary's Primary School, in Thorncombe, have made it through to the second round of BBC Radio Two's 500 Words Competition.

Rosie Kilgore and Jenna Kahn's stories were selected from more than 130,000 entries, with just 5,000 being selected to go through to the next stage.

The two youngsters now stand the chance of being chosen for the final 50 shortlist and the opportunity of taking home a top prize - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for Thorncombe School's library.

Head of school Emily Smith said: "Congratulations to these two children in particular and well done to all our pupils who took part.

"What I particularly like about this competition is that the stories are judged on their originality and creative use of language.

"This makes it especially inclusive of children who may have additional needs.

"Our pupils really embraced the challenge and it is fabulous for every one of them to see two of their stories get through to the next round, especially in such a small village school. We are keeping our fingers crossed for further good news."

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