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 2016, the examination papers were marked by Marianne Talbot, the Director of Studies in Philosophy at The Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.
The following prizes were awarded:
First Prize - £500:
Jess Knight, Oxford High School
Second Prize - £300:
Nia Moseley-Roberts, Howell’s School, Llandaff
Third Prize - £100 to each student:
Evie Richards, Sydenham High School
Tasmin Sarkany, Putney High School
Anna Herzog, South Hampstead High School
Louise Cripps, South Hampstead High School