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  • 17 March 2017

Sophie R gains prestigious History Prize

Earlier this year well over 1000 budding historians from across the nation entered the oldest (and some would argue* most prestigious) of the…

Earlier this year well over 1000 budding historians from across the nation entered the oldest (and some would argue* most prestigious) of the National Prep School competitions – The Townsend Warner History Prize.

The competition comprises of two exams. The first is a one hour short answer paper, covering some of the more obscure aspects of History from a range of eras covering Plato through to NATO and beyond.

The second is taken a few weeks later and is a gruelling two hour essay paper, which only the top 250 performers from paper one get invited to take. The top 50 of these finalists go on to be awarded a prize.

This year Cranleigh entered three Form 6s and 2 Form 5s and we were delighted when all three of the Form 6s qualified for the Paper 2. We were even more delighted when the final results came in earlier this week.

Edward T, who had only just qualified after round one, produced an exceptional essay paper. He scored an excellent 75% and this moved him up to 108th place overall.

Moog C finished in a very respectable 57th place and has received a certificate of commendation from the organisers.

Most impressive of all, is Sophie R’s spectacular 45th position which put her amongst the prize winners. The school is hugely proud of all five entrants’ achievements.

 *Namely our own head of History, Mr Batchelor (surprise, surprise!)

 

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