ANNA Griffiths has proved she is top of the class when it comes to writing stories.

For the talented eight-year-old pupil from Heatherside School in Fleet was a winner in the national Dick King-Smith Romanian Story Challenge competition.

The competition, which attracted nearly 6,000 stories from across the country, was held in aid of aid of the Romanian Challenge Appeal, which cares for orphaned children and young people.

The appeal aims to give these people a new life with dignity and a future with independence. The focus this year is on helping children of Siret and the farm they are making for themselves.

Pupils had to finish a story started by the author Dick King-Smith about a child looking out of an orphanage and seeing a bear.

Anna, who was an impressive fourth overall in the competition, was presented with her prize of a Dick King-Smith book (pictured), pen and book token during a special assembly at the Reading Road South school.