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Somerville and Gurney Awards

The Somerville and Gurney Awards are awarded for exceptional essay writing ability on a range of subjects.

Students sit a two-and-a-quarter hour general essay exam paper. The first prize is £500, the second £300 and the third £200. Honourable mentions are also obtainable.

If you are a student and would like more information about applying for the Somerville and Gurney Awards, incorporating Henriette Dent and Dame Kitty Anderson, please speak to your Head of Sixth. Application details will be sent to schools in March and the winners will be announced in September of each year.

In 2018, the examination papers were marked by Vicky Tuck, a member of the GDST Council. 

The following prizes were awarded:


First Prize - £500

Philippa Terry, Streatham & Clapham High School


Second Prize - £300

Rinda Naresh, Notting Hill & Ealing High School


Third Prizes - £200 (£100 each)

Sophie Thompson, Sheffield High School for Girls

Elizabeth Down, Notting Hill & Ealing High School


Highly Commended

Ella Dane-Liebesny, South Hampstead High School

Jo Baptista, Oxford High School

Emerald McLaughlin, Blackheath High School

Alexandra Brown, Putney High School

Connie Claxon, Putney High School