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You’re Going To Our Finals!

5th April 2017

Winners of the County Competitions, Poetry By Heart 2017:

We’re going to contact you on THURSDAY 6th APRIL 2017 

We will email your school’s main contact all the information and the forms you need to fill in and sign to attend the Finals Weekend. It is imperative that you respond as quickly as possible.


We can’t wait to meet you at the prestigious British Library in London on 22nd and 23rd April 2017!

North East:

  1. Kathryn Jackson – Wyke Sixth Form College – East Riding of Yorkshire
  2. Grace Emily Eyles – Ripon Grammar School – North Yorkshire
  3. Isabella Redmayne – King Edward VI School – Northumberland
  4. Frankie Docker – Sheffield High School – South Yorkshire
  5. Georgia Marker – Woodhouse Grove School – West Yorkshire
  6. Jake Knight – Teesdale School – County Durham
  7. Jamie Stradling – Whitley Bay High School – Tyne & Wear

North West:

  1. Anna Smyllie – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – Cumbria
  2. Ciara Allen – The King’s School in Macclesfield – Cheshire
  3. Hannah McCoy – King George V College – Merseyside
  4. Anne Probert – Loreto Grammar School – Greater Manchester
  5. Beth Molyneux – Urmston Grammar School – Manchester
  6. Martha Barrett – Cardinal Newman College – Lancashire

Central East:

  1. Sam Roy – Carre’s Grammar School – Lincolnshire
  2. Koshesai Fundira – Trinity School – Berkshire
  3. Gwennan Williams – Beaconsfield High School – Buckinghamshire
  4. Luke Gyesi-Appiah – Ratcliffe College – Leicestershire
  5. Jack Verschoyle – Saint Edward’s School – Oxfordshire

Central West:

  1. Emily Coleman – Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School – West Midlands
  2. Charley Dallow – Hereford Cathedral School – Herefordshire
  3. Daisy Cooper – Thomas Telford School – Shropshire
  4. Heidi Januszewski – Denstone College – Staffordshire
  5. Lydia Reed – Rugby High School – Warwickshire


  1. Victoria Dunbobbin – Southend High School for Girls – Essex
  2. Tamsin Dobb – Melbourn Village College – Hertfordshire
  3. Lucy Peake – Northgate High School – Suffolk
  4. Ioana Diac – Kimbolton School – Cambridgeshire
  5. Abigail Peters – Springwood High School – Norfolk


  1. Khadija Choudury – Northumberland Park Community School – North London
  2. Rufiat Awolope – Graveney School – Central London
  3. Diya Hoque – William Perkin C of E High School – West London
  4. Wardah Thanvi – Bancroft’s School – East London
  5. Louis Preston – Farringtons School – South London


  1. Jacob Hulland – Shaftesbury School – Dorset
  2. Cordelia Sigurdsson – Simon Langton Girls Grammar – Kent
  3. Jasmine Helm-Stovell – Rosebery School – Surrey
  4. Indigo Douglas – Christs Hospital – Sussex
  5. Isabella Monkcom – St Swithuns School – Hampshire

South West:

  1. Rebecca Warner – Hardenhuish School – Wiltshire
  2. Issy Paul – Launceston College – Cornwall
  3. Tom Pymer – Monkton Senior School – Somerset
  4. Thomas Hill – Ivybridge Community College – Devon
  5. Corrine Bowen – Chew Valley School – Avon

Dividing Line

Wow! What an unforgettable 3 of days non-stop video judging!

Submissions poured in from all corners of the county; our judges had the absolute joy of watching and judging your videos over an intensive 3 day period.

The Poetry By Heart judging panel gathered at Homerton College, Cambridge to watch, listen and experience your wonderful, passionate, raw and authentic performances. We were absolutely floored by how emotionally engaging your performances were, in school uniforms, on stages, in libraries – that personal touch in all of your videos has really impressed us, and we’re so glad to see some schools entering for the first time, bolstered by the online-submission system. Woohoo!

We were particularly impressed with the range of poems selected this year too! Poems from our anthology popped up for the first time with fresh, passionate interpretations to bring them to life.

We laughed, we cried, we hung on to every last word. We deliberated over your brilliantly nuanced recitations. We’re absolutely delighted to announce the finalists! A hearty WELL DONE to you ALL – whether you’ve made it or not, we loved each and every one of your videos.

A great big thank you to everyone who participated this year – you are the reason Poetry By Heart is so absolutely fantastic!

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