Announcing the Poetry By Heart 2021 Competition Finalists

We’re delighted to announce the 50 Classic and Celebration finalists for Poetry By Heart 2021. All these will be invited to the national showcase event at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on 19th July 2021 along with an adult chaperone (teacher or parent). All of the Poetry By Heart 2020 finalists will also be invited to the event to celebrate their achievements in last year’s competition.

Our judging team are still working through all the fabulous entries from Twinkl and other homeschool families, and from our Showcase category. We’ll be announcing a further set of 10 students to be invited from these categories next week.

We know that for every finalist selected there will be many students and schools who are disappointed. Therefore, we’re especially delighted to be able to announce that we’ll be making available an extra 50 pairs (a student and an adult chaperone) of “golden tickets” for the celebration event at the Globe. More details very soon – watch this space!

But now – cue the drum roll – here is the full list of the 10 finalists in each competition category, as well as the results of the school staff competition:


  • Broadheath Primary School, Cheshire – Esmerelda
  • Stechford Primary School, Birmingham – Fatima
  • Beachborough School, Northamptonshire – Romy
  • Berkeley Academy, West London – Amrita
  • Heywood Prep School, Wiltshire – Callum
  • Easebourne Church of England Primary School, West Sussex – Eleanor
  • St Francis Catholic Primary School, Surrey – Chloe
  • St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Central London – Sienna
  • Roding Primary School, Essex – Emilio
  • Beaudesert Park School, Gloucestershire – Georgia


  • Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria – Nathan
  • Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, County Durham – Hari
  • Queen Mary’s High School, West Midlands – Madiha
  • Beachborough School, Northamptonshire – Alice
  • The Henrietta Barnet School, North London – Janhavi
  • Bedford Girls’ School, Bedfordshire – Mahdiyah
  • Colyton Grammar School, Devon – Rosalia
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire – Savannah
  • Silverdale School, South Yorkshire – Jonathan
  • Devonport High School for Boys, Devon – Morgan


  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith, Cumbria – Elizabeth
  • Whitley Bay High School, Tyne & Wear – Reuben
  • Rugby High School, Warwickshire – Elise
  • Judgemeadow Community College, Leicestershire – Nelly
  • The Petchey Academy, East London – Mohammed
  • Witchford Village College, Cambridgeshire – Stephanie
  • Colyton Grammar School, Devon – Lucy
  • Aylesbury Grammar School, Buckinghamshire – Rudhran
  • Ecole Jeannine Manuel, North London – Aliénor
  • Bedford Girls’ School, Bedfordshire – Durotimi


  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith, Cumbria – Danny
  • Whitley Bay High School, Tyne & Wear – Nicole
  • Queen Mary’s High School, West Midlands – Aquil
  • Tiffin School, South London – Ibrahim
  • Bancrofts, Essex – Fawzan
  • Bedford Modern School, Bedfordshire – Francesca
  • Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, Gloucestershire – Amy
  • The Woodroffe School, Dorset – Ellyn
  • Aylesbury Grammar School, Buckinghamshire – Michael
  • Huddersfield New College, West Yorkshire – Courtney


  • Tewkesbury School, Gloucestershire – Serafina
  • Beaudesert Park School, Gloucestershire – Sahara
  • Cambridge Arts and Sciences (CATS), Cambridgeshire – Lusia
  • St Bede’s Roman Catholic High School Blackburn, Lancashire – Alexander
  • Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Kent – Olakunbi
  • Upton Court Grammar School, Berkshire – Anvi
  • Seaford Head School, East Sussex – Erin
  • John Stainer Community Primary School, South London – Amyas
  • Morpeth Newminster Middle School, Northumberland – Erin
  • Huntington Community Primary School, Cheshire – Indigo
  • St Francis College, Hertfordshire – Anoop and Imogen
  • Leagrave Primary School, Bedfordshire – Year 6 Bubble


    Winner: St Francis College, Hertfordshire – Debra

    Highly Commended:

  • Plume School, East Sussex – Lois
  • The Grange School, Dorset – Steve
  • Seaford College, West Sussex – Louisa
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Buckinghamshire – James
  • Eton College, Berkshire – David
  • Judgemeadow Community College, Leicestershire – Jenni
  • Congratulations to all of the 50 finalists and a huge well done and thank you to everyone who took part in Poetry By Heart in this extraordinary year. The judging was incredibly tough and we will be sending lots of Highly Commended and Commended certificates to students whose performances were all uniquely special. These and our record of achievements giving individual feedback to help students take their performances further will be sent out as fast as we can mail them!

    If your student has been selected as a national finalist in 2020 or 2021, we’ll be in touch with you by email and letter with more information about the national showcase event at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London on the 19th July. We’re finalising the key details today!

    Thank you all for taking part in Poetry By Heart 2021 – we very much hope we’ll see you again in the 2022 competition.