St Swithun’s School showcased pupils' writing talents at the recent awards ceremony for the national competition, "Write Well".

The event put a spotlight on the authentic voices of ten talented student finalists, countering the perception that younger individuals are writing less than previous generations.

Students from years 9 to 13 across the UK were invited to submit memoirs, either as written essays or audio recordings - an initiative designed to affirm the role of personal writing in supporting mental wellbeing.

Competition winners, including senior winner Natasha P from Dauntsey's School and intermediate category champion Hayden C from St Swithun’s, received customised ‘writing hampers’. Natasha will also participate in a writing course with the prestigious Arvon Foundation.

The school's Reading Room Club, instrumental in organising the event, intends for 'Write Well' to contribute to a national discussion on the importance of writing to support mental health and well-being among young people.

Naomi Anson, head of english at St Swithun’s School, said: "It was truly a privilege to witness the creativity and authenticity in the entries we received. Our goal with 'Write Well' is to empower young people to share their stories and understand the profoundly positive impact that writing can have in building resilience and optimism.

"We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all participants and especially to the winners who stood out with their exceptionally crafted memoirs. We are proud to celebrate these talented writers and look forward to seeing their continued growth."