Spark Young Writers group booking form

Please complete the booking form below. The information you provide will be used to contact you regarding the place now and in the future. Please type carefully. If your email address or mobile phone number change during the course of the sessions, please let us know.

Groups are defined by school year rather than calendar age.

Below is a list of all the groups with the relevant school years alongside. To find the nearest group to you, please click here for an interactive map. Information about which school year relates to which age can be found at the foot of the page, below the booking form.

Once you have submitted the form, we will be in touch by email to give you information about how to pay. Your place is not confirmed until we have either received payment or a commitment to pay.

Groups for 2018-19


Birmingham City 1 (BMAG) School Years 3-6
Birmingham City 2 (Birmingham and Midland Institute) School Years 8-11
Birmingham City 3 (BMAG) School Years 5-8
Bartley Green (Newman University) School Years 3-6
Edgbaston (Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham) School Years 7-12

Black Country

Walsall (New Art Gallery Walsall) School Years 5-9
Wolverhampton (Wolverhampton Art Gallery) School Years 7-11


Worcester (The Hive) School Years 5-9
Kidderminster (Kidderminster Library) School Years 7-11
Evesham (Evesham Library) School Years 4-7


Ledbury (Ledbury Library) School Years 5-9


Coventry (The Belgrade Theatre) School Years 3-6
Leamington (Leamington Library) Years 8-12
Tamworth (Tamworth Library) School Years 5-9
Rugby (Rugby Library) School Years 5 – 9
Stratford (The Other Place) School Years 7-11

Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke on Trent (Emma Bridgewater Factory) School Years 5-9
Burton (Burton Library) School Years 4-8


Telford (Oakengates Theatre) School Years 4-8
Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery) School Years 3 – 6

Booking form for September 2018

Please enter the first name of the young person wishing to take part in the group
Please enter the surname of the young person wishing to take part in the group
Please enter the date of birth of the young person wishing to take part
Please select the relevant school year the young person will be in from September 2018
Please select the group you are interested in. If there are other groups or explanations, there will be a space for messages later in the form.
Please let us know which school the young writer will attend from September 2018. We need this for safeguarding reasons. Please enter "home educated" here if this is the case.
Tell us of any needs relating to allergies, medication, conditions or additional needs our writers may need to be aware of.
Please enter the first name of the person we should contact regarding the young writers place in the group now and in the future
Please enter the surname of the person we should contact regarding the young writers plae in the group now and in the future
Please enter the best contact email address. We will send email reminders to this address as well as other information. We will not pass it on to third parties.
Please enter the best contact mobile phone number. We will use this in case of emergencies during a session, but will also send text reminders the day before the group meets.
Please give us the young writers usual postcode. We use this when reporting to our funders.
First line of the young writers usual home address
Second line of the young writers usual home address
Third line of the young writers usual home address, if applicable
Fourth line of the young writers usual home address, if applicable. We already have the postcode listed above, thank you.
We are asked to provide this information by our funders. We will need to know the answer if you ask us for a bursary place.
If your child is in Yr 3-6, we expect a parent or guardian to drop them off and collect them at each session. However, if you are happy for your child to attend unaccompanied please indicate above. If your child is in Yr 7-11 we are happy for them attend unaccompanied. However, if you would like to drop off and collect your child please indicate above.
Please list here anyone who may collect your young writer from their group. These names will be passed to the lead writer to safeguard your child. Additional names can also be given to the lead writer when dropping off at the session.
These visits will always be supervised by the Lead and Assistant Writer and a risk assessment will be carried out in advance of the visit. You will also be informed in advance of the visit which will take place during one of the sessions themselves.
We will not use the personal details or full names (which means first name and surname) of any child in a photo image, on video, on our website, or in any of our printed publications. We will only use images of young people who are suitably dressed, to reduce any risk of such images being used inappropriately.
Photos and short video clips are a very effective way of communicating and promoting the value of the work we do. They are also a great way for group members to see themselves enjoying being part of a group and learning from or remembering a particular activity or event. Occasionally, we may take photographs or video of the children/young people who belong to our groups. We may use these images on our website/Facebook/You-Tube pages.
We may make a video or slideshow of our groups in action for educational purposes, including remembering a fun activity or event.
Very occasionally our group may be visited by the media who will take photographs or film footage of a visiting dignitary or other high profile event. Group members may appear in these images, which may appear in newspapers, or even on TV news programmes. Please note that the press are exempt from the Data Protection Act and may want to include the names and personal details of children in the media. Also, if your child submits writing to be included in Spark Magazine (our online magazine featuring writing by children and young people living in the West Midlands), we will use both the young person’s first and last name unless otherwise agreed.
You can find the child protection policy and code of conduct that the writers have signed here:

School years with ages.

Year 3 (age 7-8), Year 4 (age 8-9), Year 5 (age 9-10), Year 6 (age 10-11) – Key Stage 2
Year 7 (age 11-12), Year 8 (age 12-13), Year 9 (age 13-14) – Key Stage 3
Year 10 (age 14-15), Year 11 (age 15-16) – Key Stage 4

E.g. A 7 year old with a birthday in January will start school in September in Year 3, rising 8 upon their birthday.