Students vie for dream holiday


Eight excited 11-year-olds from schools across the West Midlands have won through to the final and they now need your help – because a public vote will now decide which pupil will be whisking their loved ones away for a bumper British family holiday.

The brief was to describe their perfect holiday week in just 150- 250 words, highlighting factors like location & travel, how would you spend your time, the weather and cuisine, plus the attractions and activities available?

Two pupils each have been selected from Perry Beeches II and Perry Beeches III Free Schools in Birmingham, plus Alderbrook Secondary School and Smith’s Wood Sports College from Solihull.

Everywhere Travel managing director, Stephanie O’Reilly, explains: “Both teachers and pupils have really embraced the competition and the quality and quantity of entries has been very high. A lot of thought has obviously gone into all the hundreds of entries we received, but the eight we’ve chosen as finalists just had a little bit more about them and certainly got the team and I wishing we could visit the places described.

“The eventual winner will enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime dream family holiday – hopefully combining the elements described within their entry – and we’ve made it a UK based prize on the basis we have lots of untold gems here within the British Isles and they should get a lot more holiday for their prize money.”

David Sims, Key Stage 3 Progress Manager at Smith’s Wood Sports College, says: “My students were really excited about the possibility of winning an amazing prize like this, thanks so much to Everywhere Travel for such a brilliant opportunity. This competition both encouraged pupils to develop their literacy skills, their persuasive writing skills, and their imaginations, all with the potential of winning a life changing holiday – and it’s created a real buzz across the region.”

Grant Jones, Head of Performing Arts and PE at Perry Beeches III, says: “This fantastic competition involved the majority of out year 7 students writing about their dream holiday during extended literacy sessions. It clearly sparked the imagination as they described their most desirable locations and activities in a creative and entertaining piece of writing.”