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
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