nominated by: Maude Casey
Brighton and Hove High School has been extremely active in hoghlighting poetry for over ten years now. We have had Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage reading to and working with our students before they were famous. We have also had a whole range of poets into the school every year, including
Matthew Sweeney, Jackie Wills, Brendan Cleary and Catherine Smith. We run an occasional whole day poetry writing festival for our sixth form, and every year we run a Poetry day for our Year 9s, during which we have the whole year group off timetable so that they can work with a team of visiting poets in a creative space in which the process is as important as any product which may emerge. That said, the quality of the work which the students produce on this day is frequently breathtaking. We are now working on a way of bringing this work into print, for distribution within the school. We frequently have Poetry Corridors, in which the whole school - including the entire support staff - brings in their favourite piece of poetry and places it on a wall in our long wing corridor, for everyone to read. We're always trying to think up ways to involve the whole school in poetry projects, and we are always amazed at the response from the Science, ICT, Maths and other teaching depts, as well as from the ancilliary staff who reveal to us the poetry of their subjects. We always have fun doing these things and we are always looking to find more ways of bringing poetry into our school every day of the year, because, in the words of Mr Cleary, Every day can be Poetry day!
name: Maude Casey
phone: 01273 734112
just between seven dials and western road