Pupils from a Wandsworth school have made it through to the second round of a story writing competition.

The talented four pupils from Wandsworth Preparatory School, Allfarthing Lane, have got into the next stage of Radio 2’s 500 Word Story Competition.

Children in years four, five and six submitted stories after spending a half-term committed to short story analysis and story development.

The stories were judged for their originality, characterisation, plot, enjoyment and language.

The competition, where children can write up to 500 words on a story on any subject of their choice, was started seven years ago by presenter, Chris Evans. He was eager to get children excited about reading and writing and the competition is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world.

Bridget Saul, headteacher said: “Last year there were over 130,000 entries into the competition, so for four pupils to be put forward from our school of 94 children, is extremely exciting and is testament to the high standards our pupils set themselves combined with our inspirational teaching team who go above and beyond to instil a love of reading and writing from an early age.”

The winners are expected to be announced on Friday, June 8, broadcasted live from Hampton Court Palace on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show.