The Essay Competition is the latest collaborative venture and started in 2012. Students entering our sixth forms have a chance to spend their summer holiday writing an extended essay on a given topic(s) to be submitted in early September. The short listed essays are then sent to Dr Nicholas Perkins, Lecturer in English at St Hugh’s College, Oxford who places them in order of merit. In late November every year, a ‘prize Supper’ takes place at Emanuel School and Dr Perkins gives out the prizes and talks to the students about their work. Each short-listed student is given a hard back book containing all the prize winning essays.
The next Essay Competition is on 26 November at Emanuel School.
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