Essay Competition Success for Sixth Form Historians

Three Upper Sixth historians have recently enjoyed great success in external essay competitions; a considerable achievement given that they have been competing against the best History students from all over the country.

Thomas T was a finalist in the New College of the Humanities essay competition, having considered the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic may alter the course of human history. Barnes O entered the John Locke competition and his essay on 'constructs of gender' in human history achieved a commendation. Barnes was fortunate enough to be invited to a follow-up conference at Oxford University; as was Kit M-J whose essay on portrayals of women in Anglo-Saxon England also achieved a commendation.

All three essayists deserve a huge amount of credit for having produced such scholarly, nuanced and well-crafted answers. They have also proven that they can read around the subject and go 'beyond the syllabus' by conducting wide-ranging and in-depth historical research. Thus, they have shown that they are more than ready for the intellectual challenges of university study - well done indeed!