Mrs Rees Shortlisted for Chicken House Award!

We are excited and proud to announce that our very own Head of English, Mrs Clare Rees, has been one of five authors shortlisted for The Times Chicken House Prize. A huge congratulations to Clare!

Jelly, a novel aimed at Years 9 and 10, is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which environmental tragedy has led to sea levels rising. It is inspired by a ninth-century Viking saga and features a giant jellyfish (kraken) as the main villain.

Originally intended as a teaching tool for creative writing lessons, Jelly was started last year during Mrs Rees’ Year 7 lessons. Short extracts were also used during Year 9 and 10 lessons over the course of the academic year as a way of modelling editing, planning and the writing process. It is, essentially, a creative writing lesson that got out-of-hand!

The judges are set to deliberate and announce the winner of a publishing contract at the end of June.

Find out more on the Chicken House website.