Reading Competition Finals

English Event


"Reading can seriously damage your ignorance"

Senior Competition

Our adjudicator for the Senior Reading Competition was Nick Adams from Eton. He was presented with a varied series of accomplished readings from our finalists.

In a close run affair Ned PB narrowly took the honours by one point over Celia C. Celia's reading from "After Tomorrow" by Gillian Cross was full of pathos and tense emotion. Ned's control over a multitude of character voices from a favourite childhood novel, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" really caught the anarchic fun so typical of Roald Dahl's work.

Middle Competition

Author, Ali Sparkes, acted as our adjudicator for the Middle School Final. Ali had spent the day with us conducting workshops with pupils from Year 3-6 and hypnotising them in the process with her magical spinning wheel! Ironically it was Ali's turn to be hypnotised by the readings from our finalists and sifting them into some sort of order was no mean feat.

Rosie C’s reading from "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo was powerfully projected with the added bonus of accented dialogue. Rosie was placed third. In second place, Camilla F took us back to trials and tribulations of Just William and her reading of his unnerving encounter with Violet Elzabeth Bott engaged us all. Miss Bott certainly jumped off the page for us! Our winner in this age group was Harry M who delivered an extract from "Skellig" by David Almond. Harry's control of suspense, handling of descriptive narrative and Skellig voice won the day for Ali. Well done one and all.

Everyone loves to read a book. It’s a catastrophe if they don’t!

Junior Competition 

It was a welcome return to our adjudicator, Carola Beecham from Tudor Hall, for the Junior Final. Carola always brings her passion for reading and enjoyment of listening to young readers in particular to this event.

Carola awarded Milo F in second place noting that he was "...very much in touch with his audience" and commenting on his poise and confidence in delivery. In first place was Tom W who she felt was a "….born storyteller with an expressive voice and expressive face." With such accomplished readings form our youngest performers it is clear to see the standard of reading aloud is in safe hands as we look ahead.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”


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