St Benet's Schools' Essay prizes

St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford holds two annual essay prizes for UK secondary school students; one prize for students aged 11 to 14 and one prize for students aged 15 to 18.

The purpose of the essay is to give school students the experience of writing on a general question for which there is no ‘right answer’. The markers are looking for a clear argument supported by relevant material chosen by the student. Students may draw on any subject discipline they wish.  The essay must be their own unaided work.

The competition will be judged by Fellows of St Benet’s Hall with support from a team of experienced school teachers. A prize of £150 will be awarded to the best essay, and the prize-winner will be invited to a celebratory meal at St Benet’s. The judges may award a runner-up prizes consisting of a book-token and a commendation. 

Details of the essay titles for 2019 are here:

Junior Essay Prize

Junior Essay Prize (as pdf)

Senior Essay Prize

Senior Essay Prize (as pdf)

Entry form

Entry form (as pdf)