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A Year 7 student has made it through to the next round of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition with his story about a lost spider.

Glen was one of four students who are part of Mrs Jarvis' Writing Group who entered the competition and his entry is one of just 4,500 to be chosen from the 123,400 entries to the competition.

His story will now go to the Reading Agency for the second round of judging and he will find out in early May if The Lost Spider has been shortlisted for the final 50.

Glen said he was "astonished" that his story had been selected.

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 "I felt really amazed to have got through to the next round and I'm excited to see what happens now."

The final judging panel is made up of popular authors Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon and the Duchess of Cornwall returns as an honorary judge who will help pick a winner from the top 50 stories.

"We are all really delighted with the amount of thought and effort the boys have put into this work," said Mrs Jarvis.

"Their stories are all original and are so much fun to read.

"What an achievement-all those entries!

"The good news for all four of our boys who entered  - Glen, Ziggy, Harry and Joseph - is that the BBC is holding a ballot among all remaining entrants to win tickets to the 500 Words Final held at Shakespeare’s Globe on 27 May.

"Fingers crossed for Glen for the next round."

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Glen was presented with a special certificate by the College principal Mrs Hannaford and she gave all four boys cinema vouchers in recognition of their hard work on their project.

"They've all done incredibly well in their storytelling and it's fabulous to see," said Mrs Hannaford.

 "I want them to keep on writing and writing."

The winning story will be read live on the radio by a celebrity, someone like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch - and it will be heard by an audience of more than 10 million listeners.


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