Some students will feel unnecessary pressure on themselves because of the responsibilities placed on them, and some students just dont perform well under pressure.
Inspired by the famous past entrance exam for fellows at All Souls College, Oxford, students write an essay in response to a one-word title.
The Prize rewards creativity, lateral approaches, and engagement with a subject beyond the curriculum.
Amy Green, Bishop Milner Catholic College - Guilt in English Literature and Psychology Ariana Rubio, Latymer Upper School - Guilt in Queer Literature Chiara Fahy-Spada, Epsom College - Nation in Music Christie Thomson, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls - Nation in Government and Politics Ernest Tan, Reigate Grammar School - Infinity in Biology Jasneet Dhaliwal, Howells's School Llandaff - Infinity in Physics Lucy Bergin, St Catherine's School - Gender in English Literature For marking, all submissions are anonymised, removing any reference to name, year, and school of the student.
Participants in the Essay Prize are merited if they engage creatively with the title and build connections to their studied subjects – for example, an essay on the topic ‘Nation’ from the perspective of English Literature, or ‘Infinity’ from the perspective of Psychology and Mathematics.