Poetry Hub

The Poetry Hub and OSA’s Writer in Residence

Since 2009, Oxford Spires Academy has a Writer in Residence, Kate Clanchy. Kate comes in every week to work with staff and students. Kate has written poetry, novels, stories and plays and is also a Creative Writing Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. She works on all these genres with students in OSA, but the school has been especially successful in poetry.

In 2014 we established The Poetry Hub to help us share our practice with other schools. We work in partnership with Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, and closely with Oxford University’s Centre for Comparative Criticism, the charity First Story, and the Forward Arts Foundation.

In particular, the school’s promotion of poetry is exceptional. Pupils are successful in a large number of national poetry competitions, and their published anthologies demonstrate the talents of pupils from a wide range of backgrounds. Ofsted 2018
OSA is the UK’s leading school in the teaching of poetry writing.
Every year, we win multiple prizes in national competitions, such as the John Betjeman Competition and the Foyle Competition The 13-year-old Syrian refugee who became a prize winning poet.

We made a radio programme in 2015, which you can still hear on i-player BBC Radio 3

Every year, we publish several anthologies and pamphlets in school.

Poetry Books

And in 2018, we are a publishing a book with Picador called England, Poems from a School. It is attracting a lot of attention!

Poetry Book 2018


Our Twitter account @KateClanchy1 has more than 7000 followers. Michael Rosen and J K Rowling have retweeted our poems.

We’ve worked in partnership with several organisations including The Forward Foundation, First Story, Oxford City Libraries, Oxford Brookes University.

At present our most important partner is Oxford University’s Prismatic Translation project which is part of the OWRI initiative
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Our students go on to study Creative Writing at leading universities.

Poetry 2018