Oxford Essay Competition Finalists

Congratulations is in order for one of our Year 12 pupils, Justin Wang, and two Year 13 pupils, David Yang and Laura Galbraith, who have been shortlisted for the John Locke Institute Essay Competition.

This global writing competition aims to encourage young people to become independent thinkers and to be able to critically and objectively assess thought-provoking topics in 2000-word essays.

Entry is open to any student under 18 years of age, from any school, in any country, and the brief involves addressing one of the three questions given from a choice of seven subject areas: Philosophy, Politics, History, Economics, Psychology, Theology, Law. Questions included ‘What is slavery? Is jury duty? Is conscription? Is income tax?’, ‘Should we abolish the minimum wage?’ and ‘Did God create Coronavirus?’.

In addition to enhancing pupils’ writing skills, the competition gives young people the opportunity to have their work assessed by subject experts, as prizes are judged by senior academics from the University of Oxford.

The winner will be revealed at the invitation-only conference in September. 'I’m extremely honoured (and ecstatic!) to have been invited to Oxford for this conference - I can’t wait to meet everyone and experience what I hope to be a great few days at one of the best universities in the world!' enthuses Justin.

Only the highest quality essays were shortlisted for a prize and we wish our pupils a great weekend celebrating their achievement at the gala dinner, as well as participating in an academic programme with the other candidates from around the world.