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Posted on: 06/07/2021

The History Essay Competition 2021

The Year 8 History Essay Competition 2021 was judged by Peter Anderson, Head of History at The Perse School, Cambridge. The pupils were tasked with researching and writing a 1,500 essay on a topic of their choice. The entries were all incredibly impressive and the five finalists were Oliver F who wrote about the nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll, Emily P who argued the effects of the Cultural Revolution on China, Kanyinsola S who discussed the changing views on mental health in history, Ruva M who explained the impact of the Romantic period on art, music and culture and Lewis W who researched the consequences of the murder of the Romanov's on the Russian Revolution. 

Mr Anderson commented 'I was extremely impressed by the quality of all four essays and by the topics that they chose to research. The students had clearly spent a lot of time on their essays and their bibliographies were more extensive than what most of our upper sixth students produce for their history coursework! The depth of knowledge shown and the ability to establish links between periods and synthesise all of their research, as well as construct a convincing argument, is highly commendable at such a young age. I very much hope that all the students will continue to study the subject in the future as they certainly have the potential to be fine historians.' 

The overall winners of the competition were Emily P and Kanyinsola S, with Ruva M as runner up. Well done all!


Click here for Emily's Essay

Click here for Kanyinsola's Essay