History Witold Pilecki Essay Competition 2022

14 Dec 2022

We have had a fantastic response across all three Key Stages to our second History Essay competition. Students took it upon themselves to read and research a wide variety of topics and themes to answer the three questions. We had discussions from Darcus Howe and Malala Yousafzai through to Napoleon and WWI and the field of entries was very strong. 

Prizes will be awarded in the end of term assemblies, but great credit needs to go to the students who went above and beyond their work in the classroom to submit such excellent essays.

The best essay written at KS5 was from Ionut Chiru who had an original thought provoking discussion about the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 which will go forward to represent the school at the prestigious Totalitarian History essay competition. Runners up came in from Robin Elfsberg and Harris Felton.

The best essay written at KS4 was from Charlie Padgham from Yr11 who had an incredibly diverse and well researched essay that compared WWI to many other battles throughout history and gave a insightful discussion of the futility of war. We also saw excellent essay writing from Sasha McMillen, Peter Roberts, and Rupert Zahibi from Yr9.

At KS3 we had a good number of really interesting projects on British based civil and women’s rights activists. The best of these was a fantastically project on the great Darcus Howe from Rudra Patel, with some well researched projects on Malala Yousfazi taking runners up spots from Thomas Buttrill, Isaac Pau and Kuo Song.

If you weren't successful this year, then I would suggest beginning your reading earlier so you are more than prepared for an even stronger competition next year. 

Best wishes for a peaceful festive season 

Mr McDermott