Ampleforth Junior History Essay Competition

Mrs Smart, Head of History, reflects: ‘Seven of our Year 8 boys entered the prestigious Ampleforth Junior History Essay Competition, which invites Prep school students to write an essay on any historic topic. When the entries started to appear in my inbox after Christmas, I was most impressed. Topics covered in the essays included: ‘Franco’s effect on Spain’, ‘Alexander the Great’, ‘The Boer War’, ‘The development of the Tank on the battlefield’, ‘The Break from Rome, ‘Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada’ and ‘The UK and the USA in conflicts since 1945’. All were very impressive, interesting and commendable. We sent them off in February and then waited.

Then we heard the marvellous news that William Jarrett had won the competition outright with his essay on ‘The UK and USA and modern conflicts’, beating more than 100 other entries from 18 other Prep schools from around the UK. An incredible achievement! He should be rightly proud. William won a certificate for himself and SHS, along with book tokens for himself and for the School library.

Coming close behind were Felix Day and Ben Clarke, both very highly commended, whilst Joseph Stankovski and Jean Van Der Spuy were highly commended.  Wilf Stokhuyzen and Joshua Cheong wrote strong and interesting essays and received certificates celebrating their involvement and contributions.  The boys were presented with their certificates and prizes by Mr Doble in Assembly and should be very proud of their efforts.’