Wilson's School

John Locke Institute Essay Winner

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The History Department wishes to congratulate Anthony Piwowarski in Year 13 who won the John Locke Institute Essay Competition for 2017.

The John Locke Institute encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style. The John Locke Institute Essay Competition invites students to tackle a challenging and interesting question and delve deeply into a particular subject, beyond the confines of the school curriculum.

Entering an essay in this competition can build knowledge, and refine skills of argumentation. It also gives students the chance to have their work assessed by experts. All of the essay prizes are judged by academics from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The judges choose their favourite essay from each subject category and an overall 'best essay' across the four subjects: Philosophy, Politics, Economics and History.

Anthony's essay, which looked at the question "Why was economic growth so rare and intermittent before the later 18th century and why did this change at that time and later?", won not only the History category, but the overall prize awarded this year.

This tremendous achievement was celebrated with a drinks reception and gala dinner at Pembroke College, Oxford, on Friday 15 September. The prize, which included an honourary John Locke Institute Junior Fellowship, was awarded by the Director of Institute and guests also heard from speakers including conservative politician Daniel Hannan. Our congratulations go to Anthony!