Roedean Student Wins TES National Poetry Competition

3 November 2023

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We are absolutely delighted to announce some truly exceptional news: Amelia, a Year 12 student, has emerged as the national champion in the TES Poetry Competition at the TES SEND Show 2023 – what a remarkable achievement!

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Inspiring minds: the difference you make to me’. Participants were tasked with crafting a poem that reflects their journey to their current point. The competition featured four categories: individual and group divisions for primary and secondary levels. Amelia’s exceptional talent and heartfelt words earned her the coveted first place in the secondary individual category.

The head judge for this competition was none other than Michael Rosen, who had the honour of presenting Amelia with her award at the TES SEND Show, held at the Business and Design Centre in London. It was a remarkable moment in itself, made even more special by Michael Rosen reading Amelia’s poem aloud. Undoubtedly, this will be a memory she cherishes for a very long time!

Amelia was accompanied at the ceremony by her mother, as well as Mrs. Sawada-Lynch and Mrs. Taskin from Roedean’s Learning Support department.

Congratulations, Amelia! We eagerly anticipate the poetic journeys that lie ahead for you in the world of poetry!