Our Lady and St Bedes believes that key to our success is the commitment and enthusiasm shown by staff, pupils, parents and local parishes to all aspects of school life. We strongly believe in working in partnership with all members of our school community to provide the best opportunities for the young people who parents entrust to our care. Having received ‘Arts College’ status this enables us to develop the creativity of all pupils not just those whose special interest is ‘the arts.’


Poet Coach: Alfie Crow

Alfie Crow is a performance poet and writer based in North Yorkshire. One day he would like to able to earn a living from this. He has worked across the UK as a writer and theatre director and has also written and worked on projects in Germany, Canada and in France, as well as Nempnett Thrubwell.

Recently he has worked on a whole school poetry project in North Tyneside and run performance poetry workshops in conjunction with the Princes Foundation and ARC across Teesside. He was a winner of the Bridport Short Story Prize and has worked as a writing coach with Inuit people in the Arctic Circle. He would like to be Poet Laureate one day but can’t think of a good rhyme for Majesty. He has never competed in the Olympics.

Shadow Artist: Sophie Baker

Sophie F Baker is a poet based in Newcastle upon Tyne who is inspired by the indefatigably poetic nature of ordinariness. She has performed her work at events and festivals around the UK.

She was a poet mentor on the pilot year of Well Versed, where she worked with teachers to aid their understanding of writing and creating poetry in a way that would help to shape their own teaching practice and have a lasting impact on the poetic education of their pupils.

Sophie currently works at Mslexia and is putting together her first collection.



Learning is at the very centre of life at St John’s. The whole community, both young and old, is bound together on a collaborative journey of life long learning. St John’s is a successful Technology College which fosters a strong sense of community based on Christian values. Each young person is valued and all staff strive to enable our students to achieve their full value.


Poet Coach: Jeff Price

Jeff Price has written stories, plays, even the occasional attempt at a novel but in the end he always come back to his first love: poetry. A chance meeting at a local pub in 1997 put him in contact with performance poetry, and stage and stanza came together and he has been hard to shut up ever since.

He has an MA in Creative Writing and makes a poor but rewarding living from his poetry. He often works in schools and institutions and runs many inter-schools slams as well as taking part in National projects such as Word Cup and Shake the Dust. He is a prolific organiser of poetry events and is part of Radikal Words, a company who champion performance poetry.

His work has been published in a wide number of anthologies and magazines and released a collection, Doors. He has read his poetry at a number of national and international poetry festivals as well as many regional venues.


Shadow Artist & Digital Champion: Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson grew up in Grants Houses, a small residential settling sandwiched between Easington and Horden in East Durham. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Teesside University in 2011.

Chris is an emerging poet and spoken word artist, and her work has been published in a number of anthologies. She has performed at a number of events throughout the North East including some unusual venues such as the Tyne and Wear metro stations, a retro lLaunderette and the mobile Poetry Take Away.



Egglescliffe believes in offering the highest quality education, both in the classroom and through our extensive extra curricular activities. We value good relationships between staff and pupils, placing a high premium on our friendly, purposeful atmosphere. Good behaviour, hard work, student participation and partnership with parents are all central to our high levels of achievement.

Poet Coach: Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards is a writer and performer from Stockton on Tees. As a poet he is a regular performer at spoken word nights and in slams across the North East and has performed at festivals such as The Big Chill and Summer Sundae. He was the North East’s representative on Apples and Snakes’ Public Address tour.

He is a member of spoken word collective Monkfish and was recently part of BBC Radio Three’s Verb New Voices project. Here he developed a spoken word piece which combined poetry and character comedy and was performed on Radio Three’s spoken word show The Verb.

Shadow Artist: Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden writes poetry, microfiction and teaches creative writing. She is a recipient of a Northern Promise Award and is currently on a development programme for poets with The Poetry School London.

Amy has been published in various places. She is half of words and music duo The Copy Room, with banjoist Dan Walsh, and the pair were Simon Armitage’s support act at the launch of Durham Book Festival 2010.



Greenfield School strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment for all students, whilst working in partnership with families and other agencies. Greenfield values all students and provides a wide curriculum equipped to meet the needs of all children. The school makes effective use of its specialist status as an arts and science school to spread good practice and learning is enriched through the many opportunities and experiences it has introduced.

Poet Coach: Kate Fox

Kate Fox is a regular poet for BBC Radio 4‘s Saturday Live and performs all over the country as a poet and comedian. She’s made her living as a full time performance poet since 2006, and been project leader for around twenty school writing and performance projects, many incorporating slam poetry.

Kate was Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and is an associate artist at ARC. She has been commissioned to write and perform poems by the BBC. Her solo show Kate Fox News went to the Edinburgh Fringe and arts centres nationally, and a collection is forthcoming.


Shadow Artist: Steve Urwin

Steve Urwin was born in 1970 in Consett, County Durham. Diarist, editor, publisher, poet, his work has appeared in magazines and broadcast on BBC Radio. A popular performer on the Northeast live circuit, Steve is a multi-slam winning poet.

His has three published books:Tightrope Walker, Hypomaniac and Shades of Grey. Steve also works as a creative writing facilitator – mainly within mental health settings – and runs Talking Pen, organising live literature events and publishing limited edition monographs and pamphlets. He hosts the monthly Writers’ Open Mic Night and Poetry Jam. Steve likes mountain biking, black clothing and bleak music.



A Way Out is a Stockton based charity working with vulnerable & at risk women and young people. Our Shake the dust youth group is made up of young people aged 13-16 from Port Clarence.


Poet Coach: Andy Willoughby

Andy Willoughby is a poet and a promoter, a director and a playwright from Middlesbrough. He has performed his poetry throughout Europe and the UK. His shows include SAMPO: Heading further North and KIDS, based on work with contemporary underprivileged children and Chaplin’s 1921 movie The Kid.

He co-runs Ek Zuban Independent Press and Literature Development which works with a variety of educational, community and hard to reach groups and passionately believes in the power of creative arts to transform lives. He is the former poet laureate of Middlesbrough and a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University.


Shadow Artist: Sky Hawkins

Sky Hawkins has been performing poetry since 2005 in various venues in the North East. In 2010 she became self employed in facilitating poetry and performance workshops. She is particularly passionate about helping young marginalised people find their voice. She was the Poet Coach for the North East Regional Slam for Apples and Snakes’ Word Cup She is an emerging poet and spoken word artist project. Sky is shaking in delight to be back as a shadow artist this time and can’t wait to discover the words amongst the dust!