School scoops award for the second time

Children from Lee Mount School won an award in the Beader Poetry Competition. From left: Sophie Harris, Chloe Lumb, Charlotte Breen, all 11, and front, Molly Lee, nine
Children from Lee Mount School won an award in the Beader Poetry Competition. From left: Sophie Harris, Chloe Lumb, Charlotte Breen, all 11, and front, Molly Lee, nine

YOUNG poetic talent was recognised in a festival for Calderdale schoolchildren.

Schools sent in anthologies of poetry for the The Bearder Trust competition, named after its late founder, Halifax solicitor John Bearder.

This year the 13th festival was held at Heath Training Centre in Halifax and 26 local schools took part.

For the second year running, Lee Mount Primary School won the performance poetry award.

Head teacher David Bosley said: “They were all praised for their confidence and outstanding public speaking. “I’m extremely proud. It’s a very competitive event.”

Other winning schools included Central Street Infants, Hebden Bridge, Ripponden Primary School and Bowling Green Primary School, Stainland.

The poet Donavan Christopher, one of the the festival judges, will now visit the winning schools to work with the children.