Reigate and Banstead Writes

Reigate and Banstead Writes 2020

This year’s competition has been won by Orla McNally a first form student at Reigate Grammar School. I am pleased to tell you that Warwick had success! Ella Dutton, Year 7 was awarded  third place with her story Power of the Past. She is ‘thrilled’.

Florence Sarenco, Annabelle Allen and Emily Field, all Year 7 students, made the final 35 stories that were put in front of the judges. Out of 501 entries (deadline was extended after lockdown)  this is pretty good.

Thanks to all who offered to sift. However,  with the corona crisis and amount of entries. I relied on librarian colleagues from other local schools in the end. It has been a challenge but all over now. 

Ella’s story will be published ‘online’ by Surrey Libraries, The Harlequin and other partners on Friday 19th June.

As ever, thanks to all of you who encourage an support this. I strongly feel that having these opportunities are more important than ever for our young people.  I hope reading the story cheers you up in these strange times. 

Kay Hymas

2020 Winner; Orla McNally, Reigate Grammar School – A Reigate Pigeon’s War

Second Place Winner, Sophie Pither (Sophie is the youngest winner), a year 6 pupil at St Joseph’s Primary, Redhill – The Ghost Train

Third Place Winner, Ella Dutton, Warwick School – Power of the past


Reigate and Banstead Writes is a local competition for aspiring storytellers. Let your imagination run wild! Have you ever thought that secret spaceships are being built at Redhill Aerodrome? Or that Priory Park is hiding an army of ducks? Write a story about it!

Below you’ll find the entry form and the rules.

  • Stories can be handed into a named member of staff (Your school will let you know who this is) with an entry form attached. This is usually a school librarian or your class teacher.
  • Alternatively entries can be submitted to R&B writes c/o of the Warwick School. Noke Drive, Redhill (FAO KAY HYMAS). Stories can also be emailed.
  • Closing date 31 March 2020

Kay Hymas – R&B Writes
C/O The Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4AD

Interview on SUSY Radio with Kay Hymas:

Useful documents:

Entry Form
Additional Information


Reigate and Banstead Writes winning stories 2019

First Place -The Black knight of Reigate Castle by Katy Adnyana From The Warwick School

Second Place-Superdog becomes Mayor By Jennifer Callaghan From St Bede’s

Third Place-The Ghosts of Priory Past by Orla McNally From Reigate Priory Junior School