There can’t be many poetry anthologies that cry out for a film adaptation, but this one does. The misleadingly named Oxford Spires Academy (OSA) is a small comprehensive in Oxford’s impoverished south-east, far from the university’s ancient buildings in more ways than one.

Its pupils come from dozens of countries, and speak over 30 languages; only one in five are White British. Several are refugees. Kate Clanchy has worked there as a poet in residence for the last nine years, and was last month awarded an MBE for services to literature. Her work at OSA alone is enough to deserve it. With the school’s staff, she has helped to establish a unique ethos: “We… have conspired to tell them that girls…