Scores of brilliant young writers become published authors at high-flying school 

By Jack (Year 9) and Florence (Year 8)

The 67 students from one school are now published writers after huge success in a National Poetry competition.

Year 9 students from The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA) in Highbridge, Somerset entered a poetry competition run by national company Young Writers in which 67 out of 80 entries were selected for publication. 

The entries were organised by TKASA English Teacher Mrs Meredith. 

She said: “We are extremely proud of our year 9s for their fantastic participation – they produced some sophisticated, intelligent and emotive poems and we can’t wait to read them in the published book.”

 Young Writers will be publishing TKASA’s brilliant poems in their upcoming book “Empowered 2022 – Words to Inspire” which will be available regionally in the South West.

 This wonderful display of passion for poetry follows a hugely successful celebration of World Book Day at TKASA earlier this month where both students and staff dressed up as their favourite literary characters and honoured a love of reading.


TKASA Principal Dan Milford said “We always want to encourage our students to be keen readers and lovers of poetry. 

“A massive well done to all of the students who participated in this great competition and represented our school and the The Priory Learning Trust so brilliantly!”

TKASA is one of the fastest improving schools in the south west with a thriving sixth form.

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