A KEEN young writer has been named as one of the best writers in the country after penning her own story.

At just 12-years-old Nyah Henderson from Woodbridge High School fought off tough competition, impressing judges in the National Young Writers’ Award 2015.

Her story ‘Sam Was Bored’ won her a runner up prize.

Almost 15,000 children took part in the competition which was judged by best-selling author of The World of Norm series of book, Jonathan Meres.

This year’s task was to write a 500-word story with the theme ‘Strange Events and Peculiar Happenings’.

Judge Jonathan Meres said: “I know you’re probably all expecting me to say something about how incredibly high the standard of entries was and how impressed I’ve been with the quality of the writing.

“Because that’s the kind of stuff that judges always say. But I’m afraid that’s exactly what I am going to say. Well, I’m not afraid to say it. I’ve got to say it.

“Because it’s absolutely true.”

The competition, organised by tuition providerA, Explore Learning which has a centre in Woodford Green, is now in its seventh year.

Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children aged five to 14, with 116 centres located across the country.

Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning said they were ‘blown away’ by the quality of the writing.