SCHOOLS across Bradford were thrilled to receive prizes from Specsavers Girlington following on from a writing competition set up by the store.

The store launched the competition in June inviting pupils from three primary schools to write a story about life in lockdown with tales of home schooling, virtual parties, keeping active and doorstep clapping.

Pupils at Marshfield Primary School, Horton Park Academy and St. Williams Primary School entered the competition with the chance of winning an educational prize for them and the school.

The parent or guardian of the winner will receive a pair of free designer spectacles or sunglasses from Specsavers Girlington.

First prize was awarded to Inaaya Khurram at Marshfield Primary School who chose a laptop for herself and a Sony PlayStation for the school.

Shaukat Ali, Deputy Head Teacher at Marshfield Primary School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that one of our pupils has come first in the writing competition set up by Specsavers Girlington.

“Not only is it an achievement to win, but the competition itself help to spread some joy and excitement throughout our school.

“We are proud of Inaaya’s exceptional writing skills and thankful to Specsavers for a great opportunity.

“We will be formally presenting the prizes next week before the summer holiday commences.”

Joint second place was awarded to Horton Park Academy and St. Williams Primary School, with prizes including an Amazon Firestick Tablet and Hear Myself Sound Telephones.

Kirsty Shaw, general manager at Specsavers Girlington, said: “The last 16 months have been difficult, especially for children, so we wanted to kick start some fun, and give schools in the community the opportunity to win some great prizes.

“We were really impressed with the stories written by pupils across the three primary schools, and they should be proud of the work they produced. It was hard to choose just one winner.

“We’re looking forward to launching further competitions, activities and initiatives with the local community throughout the rest of the year.”

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