Schoolboy wins national Christmas poetry competition to win Reading Plus for his class

Jack Jolly, age 11, from Meadow Park School, Coventry, won Reading Plus for his class with our Chrismas poetry competition!


 Jack Jolly, age 11, from Meadow Park School, Coventry, entered our Christmas poem competition to be in with a chance of winning our online reading programme, Reading Plus, for his class.

Jack’s ‘What Christmas means to me’ poem was shortlisted from hundreds of entries and shared on our social media channels for readers to vote for their favourite.

Jack said: “I enjoyed writing my Christmas poem as it helped me to feel the magic of Christmas. I feel good about winning Reading Plus for my class as it will help them, so I feel quite proud of this.”

Meadow Park School won a one-year subscription to Reading Plus for one class (up to 35 licences), including full training, implementation, and support for the duration of the prize.

Mrs Tawfik, Lead Practitioner of English, said: “With the build-up to Christmas, the competition seemed like a wonderful opportunity to get the students to write about what Christmas meant to them. I’m immensely proud of Jack’s achievement, as are all the staff here. I know it will give Jack the confidence to continue to write more creatively, which is great.

“Some of the students at school have low literacy levels, and Reading Plus will help improve the reading ability of these students. It will also encourage all students to read for pleasure, so we’re very excited.”

Our Reading development consultant, Louise Walker, said: “Our Christmas poem competition was centred around the theme of what Christmas means to me, which encouraged children to use their imaginations and creative writing skills.

“Jack’s poem was a worthy winner, and we look forward to our partnership with Meadow Park School to improve pupils’ reading skills and inspire a love of reading in school and at home.”