Patron of Writing: Elaine Baker

ElaineAs our brand new DGS Patron of Writing, Elaine Baker will be working alongside students and staff next year to inspire and stimulate creative writing across the school, as well as to promote the writing profession as a potential future career pathway for students.

Elaine has been a story writer since the age of around six years old. She has always had a particular passion for poetry and after studying creative writing with the Open University in 2009, began submitting work for publication. In the last five years, she has had continued success with publication and has recently been working on her first poetry collection. She is currently a poetry Masters student at The Poetry School, London and has read her work at the Troubadour Cellar Club, London. You can read more about Elaine’s work on her website:

and follow her poetic reflections and #poetweets over the summer on Twitter @kitespotter.

Elaine is delighted to be taking on the role of Patron of Writing at DGS and is very much looking forward to: getting creative and wordy with Year 9 and 10 students in writing workshops in English lessons; mentoring a small group of Year 9 and 10s throughout the year and supporting them in creating their own work; leading a session for some of our Year 7 and 8 Advanced Learners; tailoring and running a special session for Sixth Form and, alongside the students, putting together a celebration of all things wordy in DGS’ very first Word Week, in term 6 next year. We also look forward to Elaine working alongside Jo Cotterill, DGS’ Patron of Reading to celebrate reading and writing for pleasure throughout our school community.

A final heads-up for students: watch out for the upcoming student Poet Laureate opportunity, which our new Patron of Writing will be unveiling when you all return from the summer break!