POETIC pupils at a North Yorkshire secondary school took part in a contest celebrating verses written in wartime.

Year 9 students at Tadcater Grammar School studied various war poems, including Exposure and Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade.

The English faculty then ran a competition to let students have a go at producing their own war poetry. They were given time in lessons to begin their poems and those who wanted to were able to submit an entry.

Maisie Priestley was chosen as the outright winner and each school house had a winner - Reuben Hillyard (Calcaria), Freya McCleary (Dawson), Alfie Jefferson (Fairfax), Alisa Craven (Toulston) and Emily O’Sullivan (Wharfe). Runners-up were Eleanor Briggs , Elizabeth Wright, Ellie Baker, James Richards, Lucy Sheard, Lydia Greengrass, Mackenzie Brooke and Matthew Richardson.