The writing skills of three students at City of Wolverhampton College have earned them prizes in an English competition.

The trio came tops in a competition run by the college’s English department and study hub, in conjunction with Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership, to encourage students’ creative writing and develop their use of language skills.

Students were asked to write a short story, poem or article on exploitation – the theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, held in March.

Aleisha Morgan, aged 18, who is studying for a Level 3 certificate in childhood and education, won first prize and a £50 Waterstone’s voucher for ‘Exploitation’ a piece of creative writing about prostitution.

IT student Simran Rhoad, aged 18, won second prize and a £25 voucher for ‘Exploited…her words’ about an arranged marriage, whilst an article entitled ‘Exploitation…it doesn’t have to be this way’, written by a GCSE English student, won third prize. 

Barbara Gwinnett, chair of Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership which sponsored the prizes, said: “We were really pleased that the college chose exploitation as the theme of this term’s competition and were extremely impressed with the standard of writing of the winning entries.”

Read the winning stories at

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