Virtual Poetry Festival

Each year the English Department hosts the GHS Poetry Festival which is a celebration of the creativity and talent of our pupils. We have a Poet in Residence with whom the pupils have a bespoke workshop, time to draft and create and then a celebration of the finalists with announcements of the winners. This year is no different: the creativity has flowed, expertise has been shared and extraordinary poetry has been produced. The workshop took the form of a podcast created by our Poet in Residence, Rachel Long, and the pupils produced performance poems which they videoed themselves performing, as well as submitting a written version. The theme this year was ‘Transitions’.

In place of an evening event, we put together a video of all the finalists performing their poems which which can be watched below.

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GHS Poetry Festival 2021

The department also produced an accompanying booklet in which all the finalists’ poems have been published.

Poetry Festival 2021 booklet


I extend my congratulations to all the pupils for their wonderful poems, and particularly the finalists and winners:

Year 7

Commended Poet: Alana Amankul, 7SF

Winner: Florence Datta, 7HG

Year 8

Commended Poet: Ella Needham, 8CW

Winner: Olivia Cameron, 8SH

Year 9

Commended Poets: Charlotte Allen, 9CW and Eleanor Woodfire, 9HD

Overall winner

Jess Harmer, 9GL


It has been heartening and joy inducing to see the creativity of our pupils, and we are very proud of them.

Mrs Jemima Prideaux