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Autumn Term Essay Prize Winners

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

The start of the Autumn Term is always a busy time for essay competitions and we are delighted to report that pupils Gil, Rafi, Joey, Kat, Nathen and Abdul have been shortlisted for the prestigious John Locke competition. The winners will be announced at a forthcoming awards Ceremony in Oxford. You can find out more about the competition here at the John Locke Institute website.

Meanwhile, Head Boy Louis has been awarded second prize in this year's R.A. Butler competition for his essay “Is representative democracy equipped to tackle climate change?” The R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies is a competition that can be entered by pupils in Year 12 or the Lower Sixth Form. Candidates are invited to submit an essay on a topic to be chosen from a list of general questions announced in March each year and to be submitted in August. The Prize is jointly organised by Trinity College Cambridge and Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies. The Judges thought the essay was excellent and were impressed by the depth of the research and clarity of argument. In their words: “This is a brilliant essay which should really be commended. It does a very good job of outlining the problems (set up for the question) initially as it mixes engagement with relevant academic work with detailed examples and specific points of evidence. There is also a clear overall argument structuring the piece of work, which is well demonstrated with clear structure and points communicated effectively. There is also some really good detailed knowledge of the policy context in the UK, which is shown in the examples and evidence cited.” Louis attended a virtual prizewinners reception, hosted via Zoom.

Congratulations to all the winners.

The start of the Autumn Term is always a busy time for essay competitions.
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