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Year 10 Essay Competition winners

Over 30 Year 10 pupils entered the annual Essay Writing Competition, in association with St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Pupils were invited to submit 1,000 words on one of two challenging essay titles:

‘Artists, musicians or writers who have expressed racist, sexist or homophobic views publicly should no longer have their work taught in schools.’ To what extent do you agree with this viewpoint?

‘No limits should be placed on the development of artificial intelligence.’ To what extent do you agree with this viewpoint?

Assistant Director of Studies, Melissa Schramm and Teacher of Physics, Tim Wilson shortlisted the entries and headmaster Richard Russell selected the top three.

Congratulations to 1st prize winner, Amy, who was awarded £50 of Waterstones vouchers and to our two Highly Commended entrants, Louise and Emma who each received £25 vouchers. All the prizes were generously funded by PAFA.

Read Amy’s full essay

Headmaster, Mr Russell said: “I was very impressed with the high standard of entries which made my task as judge extremely difficult. It was a pleasure reading such intelligent, well thought-out responses and Amy’s submission was exceptional.”

Amy said ”When I found out that I had won the essay competition, I was proud and surprised. I spent a lot of time researching it, so I was really pleased to have come first place.”

Following the internal round of judging the winning entries have been sent to St Catherine’s College, along with those from partnership schools.

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