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12 January 2021

Well done to two Westminster City School sixth formers, whose hard work in our Foundation essay writing competition was highly praised.

Running for almost ten years, our annual essay writing competition asks sixth formers across our five Foundation schools to spend their summer holiday writing an extended essay on a given topic(s). Work is submitted in early September, with shortlisted essays sent to Dr Perkins, from the University of Oxford, who puts them in order of merit. 

Work by two members of Westminster City School’s Sixth Form was highly commended and placed in the top ten. Congratulations to Shreyas, who wrote on, ‘How can the relationship between humans and robotics and AI change?’ and to Stephen, for his essay, ’To explore the responsibility of Christianity for slavery'.

Dr Nicholas Perkins, an Associate Professor and Tutor in English at Oxford’s St Hugh’s College, has judged this competition since it first began. He said: “I was once again very impressed with the essays. They covered a huge range of topics, from pressing political and scientific questions, to larger philosophical and ethical ones, and the students had put a lot of effort into the key things that make for a good essay: a clear argument, a good structure, using resources and references well; weighing the evidence on different sides; and acknowledging complexity. These skills are exactly what’s needed in all sorts of university courses and professional environments. 

“As usual, the essays also taught me a lot and made me think! So thank you and well done to everyone who took part.”

Congratulations to all the students who took part.

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