Students delighted at being published through arts award scheme

Biddick Academy students have completed Silver Arts Awards. From left Chloe Jenkins aged 14, Hollie Stearman aged 14 and Matthew Cresswell aged 15.
Biddick Academy students have completed Silver Arts Awards. From left Chloe Jenkins aged 14, Hollie Stearman aged 14 and Matthew Cresswell aged 15.
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Three creative pupils are celebrating after having their work published as part of an awards scheme.

Biddick Academy students Chloe Jenkins, and Hollie Stearman, both 14, and Matthew Cresswell, 15, are working towards their Silver Arts Awards for their creative writing.

The youngsters are members of the Writing Club at their school in Biddick Lane, Washington.

Teacher Linda Butler-Blair, from the Writing Club, said: “Biddick Academy has been running the Silver Arts Award in creative writing for the first time this year. This is worth a full GCSE in terms of points and is particularly pleasing because our students are so young.

“Chloe Jenkins and Hollie Stearman are only 14 but have produced a teen magazine of 40 pages and Matthew Cresswell is just 15 but has produced his first book of poetry. The Silver Award involves a lot of independent work and dedication.

“The work is entirely their own but they have been given some graphics design training by Mark Warner aka Mr Arteest, who explained how to use vectors and a limited colour palate.

“Also, Rachel Hamer from Biddick Arts Centre worked as a liaison officer and put us in touch with the Washington Can Do Fund.

“This changed everything because the students put a bid in to publish their work professionally and won £1,000 in a grant. With the money they were able to bring in Mr Arteest and also pay for their books to be printed professionally by Easy Printing Washington.”

Hollie and Chloe launched their magazine, Aurora, on July 13, in front of their classmates.

The girls have took a feminist standpoint on the many issues girls face in life in their magazine and it flew off the shelves.

Matthew launched his book, Grimmer Than You Think, the following night with equal success.

Mrs Butler-Blair added: “The students should fulfil all the demands of the Silver Award by October in the new school year and this will involve research of artists and the girls still need to pass on their new skills to other students.”