College News

Young Writers Orchestrate Political Pieces in Orwell Workshop
Published: March 2, 2017

Pupils from local high schools took part in The Orwell Youth Prize workshops held at the College to explore political writing as part of our SCC Futures programme.


The Orwell Youth Prize aims to inspire and support the next generation of politically engaged young writers.


Children from The Oaks Academy, Sir Thomas Boughey and Sir William Stanier Community School attended the two-part workshop run by Delivery Director Mick Callanan.  


SCC Futures delivers subject specific lectures delivered by academics and subject specialists which prepares those taking part for study at top universities.


Focusing on the Orwell Youth Prize’s 2017 theme of ‘Identity’, children began the sessions by exploring their own identity, through discussion of what is important to them.


Delivery Director of Orwell Youth prize, Mick Callanan, said: “For teenagers, the topic of ‘Identity’ is important as they are going through a time in their life where they are making choices which then form their own sense of identity.


“These two workshops concluded with the pupils putting pen to paper and really expressing themselves on an individual basis.  These pupils have really engaged in the sessions and are creating some really praiseworthy writing.”


Through exploration of the English novelist and journalist George Orwell’s political writing, the pupils are encouraged to write a piece of up to 1,000 words related to a topic that matters to them. David Buckley, from year 11 at Sir Thomas Boughey, said: “These workshops are very enjoyable and allow us to discuss topics that we wouldn’t usually get the chance to in school.


“It means that we are able to express our views through the creative writing tasks and carry out mature discussions in the workshops.”


George Robinson from The Oaks Academy, said: “It’s been very thought-provoking, as the discussions are more challenging than usual.


“English and History are my two favourite subjects – The Orwell Youth workshops combines both of these subjects and confirms my desire to study these subjects after school at A Level.”



If you wish to find out more about the opportunities available through South Cheshire College’s SCC Futures Programme, please call 01270 654654 or visit