Year 10 Essay Competition

Colfe’s Year 10 pupils have taken part in our annual Essay Writing Competition, run in association with St Catherine’s College Oxford and local partnership schools.

The competition took place in April and pupils had a choice of two essay titles:

“Democracy in the 21st century has lost its way. We need help from Ancient Athens.”  To what extent do you agree?

“Material science – shaping the future of human civilization.” Are we heading for another breakthrough?

Eight finalists – Polly, Katie, Eleanor, Emily, Amelia, Isaac, Francesca and Paloma – had their essays selected for final judging by Richard Russell, Headmaster. Congratulations to overall winner Eleanor and  Isaac and Katie who were both Highly Commended. All received Waterstones vouchers. The winning essays will now be judged by a panel at St Catherine’s College, along with those from partnership schools, for the grand final.

Claire Le Hur, Director of Schools’ Partnerships & Community and Head of Oxbridge said: “The standard of entries this year was extremely high, with some very interesting takes on both questions. It certainly looks as though there could be some future politicians and scientists in from Colfe’s Year 10.”

Huge thanks to Dr Lindsay, Chemistry teacher and Miss Batten, Head of Classics for the essay questions and to PAFA for their support with the prizes.



How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.