Ashcott Primary School newspaper wins First News competition

Written by on July 13, 2021

PUTTING this weekend’s football results behind them, one Bridgwater primary school is celebrating after winning a national competition.

Ashcott Primary School in Ridgeway, has had its pupil-written newspaper crowned as the best in the country – for the second time.

Its half-termly publication the Ashcott Compass, compiled by its Press Club, was hailed as “a smartly written, diverse and dynamic publication” by judges at First News, the newspaper that goes to schools and children across the country.

Scooping the Primary School Newspaper of the Year Award for the second time has put more than a smile on the face of Ashcott Primary School Press Club.

Max, aged 10, said everyone feels very proud to be named the best in the country.

Even through Lockdown, pupils still continued to meet – via Zoom sessions – to keep the community spirit of the school going.

Oliver, aged 11, was thrilled with the award. “We provide a voice for everyone in the school and during Lockdown our newspaper kept everyone together, sharing news with pupils at home and at school,” he said.

Lois, also aged 11, said: “We write news articles, features, book reviews, as well as games and puzzles to entertain and inform.

“We feel we are all one big family.”

Ashcott first won the award in 2019 and scooped a visit to No. 10 Downing Street in January 2020, arranged by First News, to interview Boris Johnson on the eve of Brexit.

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