The Poetry by Heart Competition has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2013 and Cokethorpe has been involved since the start. Each year, every pupil in the school learns one of the poems from the 200 possible choices in the anthology representing the canon of English poetry. The standard was extremely high this year, with a diverse range of performances, from thought provoking to poignant to humorous.
The winner of the First Form to Third Form round this year was Lukas Russell (Third Form, Gascoigne) performing Arms and the Boy by Wilfred Owen. The winner of the Senior School competition, Fourth Form to Upper Sixth, was Louisa Mattinson (Fourth Form, Harcourt) performing The Force that through the Green Fuse drives the Flower by Dylan Thomas. Louisa will now represent Cokethorpe in the county round in January.