Mrs Allen, Year 6 teacher at Burgess Hill School for Girls has been selected as a judge for BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ competition for young people.
She put her name forward to be a judge because she was interested in finding out about what other children in the country were writing.
She also encouraged the girls in her class to take part and enter their own stories.
During March, Mrs Allen read and marked 31 stories written by 10 to 13 year olds from across the country, scoring them on their plot, originality, characterisation, language and her enjoyment of the story.
Mrs Allen said, “The stories made me laugh and even brought a tear to my eye! I have been very impressed with the standard of entries.”
Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.