The Marches School Sixth Form has shown academic excellence with a double reason to celebrate this week.

Students Jennifer Cyffin-Jones, Chris Walker and Twila Morris were successful in winning the Oswestry Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition last week, defeating teams from Moreton Hall and Oswestry School in the process. This is the first time that the Marches School have won the prize, and the trio will now progress to represent the area at the quarter-final stage at Wrexham Glyndwr University in March.

The Marches Sixth Form also received the excellent news that both Robbie Mitchell and Jessie Shaw have won places on a residential creative writing course in March.

Both Robbie and Jessie wrote pieces on ‘Unity’ for the Rotary Writers Competition and the judges were impressed with the students’ potential as writers. The judges described Robbie’s writing as having “great research, a novel approach and sheer intelligence” and Jessie’s as being “very astute that made you think with a great ending”.

Mrs. Amanda Jones, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, commented: “Both of these successes are testament to the amount of hard-work and effort that our students put in to both their academic studies and extra-curricular activities. It is fantastic for them all to receive this recognition. We would like to wish them all the very best of luck in March for the quarter finals and the residential course respectively”.