Lower Sixth Form pupil, Eunice A, attended the prizewinner’s luncheon at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, hosted by Bridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse and former BBC diplomatic correspondent. Eunice’s essay, titled The ways in which critics or writers converse with voices from the past, was placed in the top 5 out of 90 submissions.
The Thomas Campion English essay competition was instituted in 2008 and is funded by the Friends of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University’s oldest and smallest College, renowned for its high intellectual influence. The award seeks to recognise originality of thought, a clear writing style, breadth of research and source materials, and a critical approach to those sources. Its aim is also to encourage high-flying students to consider applying to Cambridge by giving them a taste of the type of work they would experience. It also gives students an opportunity to write about a subject in which they are personally interested, developing and experiencing the independent study skills which they will need in order to do well at A Level and university.
Commenting on Eunice’s success, Dominic Harman, Head of English, said:
“To be highly commended in a prize as prestigious and competitive as the Campion Prize is a truly amazing achievement and Eunice should be very proud that she has taken her place among the very best and brightest Sixth Form students in the country. The day itself was a joy from start to finish: Peterhouse were wonderful hosts; and through meeting current Cambridge undergraduates and tutors in a relaxed and friendly setting, the prizewinners left feeling enthused and excited about the prospect of studying there.”