James has his short story published in The Guardian

At a time of year when “the blues” can come knocking at your door we are reminded of the healing power of nature, and just how restorative being outdoors is.

One pupil at St Francis School does not need to be reminded of the need to be in nature, in fact – he is the one telling us! Senior pupil at the Pewsey-based Prep School, James, recently won a prestigious writing competition with The Guardian newspaper.

As part of the newspaper’s Young Country Diary series they sought out children aged 8-14 to write wintery pieces about the great outdoors. James chose to write about a trip to Branscombe Beach in Devon, with his brothers. Atmospherically describing the cold December day, and the fossils he found, James’ writing was praised by editor Paul Fleckney for having “a Heminway-ish quality to it”.

Deputy Head, Academic at St Francis, Ginny Neal explained “James’ piece about a winter’s trip to the beach with his family was wonderfully evocative, and his being published in The Guardian in the new year was richly deserved. Well done to James, and we look forward to seeing more wonderful writing!”