When we achieved our World Class Schools Award last year it opened up new opportunities for our students to test themselves against the best in the country. In September, Year 9 & 10 students were told about an exciting opportunity to enter the World Class Schools essay writing competition to be judged by Dr Jerry Toner (Director of Studies in Classics at Churchill College, Cambridge). These students were tasked with producing a 2,500 word essay to the following question: "Churchill said, 'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for others'. How would you improve the democratic system in this country".
The quality of response we got from our students to this very difficult question was exceptional. However, we shortlisted 5 students: Martha Bayliss (Year 9) and Mason Cameron, Millie Greenwood, Rosie Hodge and Naomi Calvert from Year 10. Their essays were sent off to be marked by the judges and following a nervous wait, we recently found out that one of our students, Naomi Calvert, has been made it through to the final ten students nationally. This is an incredible achievement and Naomi will now attend the Final awards ceremony at Churchill College Cambridge in late November to find out who has been crowned national champion. A huge well done to everyone involved.