A school has won a poetry competition.

Students from St Martin’s School in Northwood scooped the Support and Training in Prep, Primary and Senior Schools poetry competition for their overall “outstanding” contributions.

Pupils from years seven and eight, years five and six and years three and four, won all three categories receiving Amazon vouchers for their efforts.

Judge and writer, David Caddy, said: “Overall the outstanding school in all the three categories was St Martin’s. Congratulations to all the students and teachers on their great work.”

Mr Caddy said Krish Dhanuka’s Night Time Terror poem in the year eight category was “highly atmospheric”, adding: “Here the reader is drawn into the world of a terrifying storm with the inanimate objects of the house bouncing around petrified. This unusual poem showed good language use.”

Dylan Bakshi’s poem, Creak Creak Croak, employed “pithy and precise lines in six tercets about an old sofa,” while Nishan Patel “beguiled” readers with his exploration of colour and Jenson Avery “conveyed a range of sound in four tight quatrains”.

In years five and six, Anish Lingam’s Joys of Spring won the second prize, while Oscar Williams’s poem was “evocative”.

In years three and four, Krishay Vora won the category with Mysterious Monster, and Rishi G’s poem, Paint is Fun, was praised for the “sheer simplicity and accuracy of language” of having fun with paint.

Krishay said: “I’m not sure what I will get with the £25 prize, maybe a present for my parents.”

Head of English, Ms Linda Flynn, said: “Congratulations to all of the boys who entered the competition. Their pleasure in writing poetry is evident.”