Pilgrims pupil wins National Schools’ Handwriting Competition
A pupil at one of Bedford’s best-known schools, Pilgrims Pre Prep, has won the age 4 category in this year’s National Schools’ Handwriting Competition organised by Campaign University Press and SATIPS (Support and Training in Preparatory and Primary Schools).
After a tough judging process the winners were announced and Rivka Jutla, aged 4, was chosen as the winner in her category after being entered by her class teacher Mrs Jerram. In order to enter, children were asked to copy out the poem for their relevant class in their best and neatest handwriting on a piece of A4 paper using a pencil.
The competition, organised by Cambridge University Press and SATIPS, was open to children aged 4 to 13 and staff from schools across the country. The competition was looking for the best handwriting the UK has to offer – and the entries didn’t disappoint. With almost 10,700 entries, competition organisers were delighted by the response.
Patricia Lovett MBE, world-renowned calligrapher and Chief Competition Judge said, “The standard of the four year olds this year was particularly impressive …. but all finalists were of a very high standard. It is wonderful to see so many schools recognising what a vital skill handwriting is and giving it the importance it deserves.”
Emma McCrea, Senior Marketing Executive at Cambridge University Press added, “I’ve loved being part of this year’s competition. At the Press, we are passionate supporters of handwriting and I’ve been thrilled to see the standard of the children’s work – they should be very proud of their achievements.”
Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory which is part of the Harpur Trust, has a strong belief in the importance of building strong motor skills from a very early age which equips our children with the necessary skills to develop fluid, cursive handwriting.
Jo Webster, Head Teacher at Pilgrims said: “We are so proud of Rivka and she really deserved to win this award. It’s also great for us as a school to gain recognition in this area as we have invested a great deal of time in developing our handwriting process.”
Winners in each age group received a certificate and stationery gift pack. There was also an Overall Winner and a Runner Up.