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The Ox Tales competition is now closed.  Free competitions open to UK schools can be found here 

Ox Tales 

Young people of Oxfordshire are less likely to enjoy writing than the national average. In a recent survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust only 42.9% of young people in the county enjoy writing, which is below the national average of 49.3%.  The Ox Tales competition was introduced in December 2015 to inspire creativity and encourage students to write and engage with their local community. 

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Ox Tales offered generous prizes and gave students the freedom to write about a place they are passionate about.  Ox Tales encouraged  students to use their local area as inspiration and draw on their local literary heritage that includes authors such as J RR Tolkien, Phillip Pullman, Lewis Carroll and Frances Hardinge. 

Ox Tales received 787 entries, both the quality and quantity of the entries was impressive. Thank you to all the teachers who facilitated the competition, and well done to all the students who entered.  The competition was judged by award-winning author Frances Hardinge. The winning entries can be found below:

Feedback from students and teachers was positive. Teachers reported that students who are normally reluctant to write were enthused. Students enjoyed the opportunity to explore their neighborhoods with friends and family and seek inspiration from their local community. 

Ox Tales has definitely ignited a passion for creative writing among pupils at Bartholomew and we’re looking forward to participating in more writing initiatives in the future.

Bartholomew School reflects on their participation in the Competition 

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