For many years, Peterhouse has been proud to organise the Vellacott History essay competition and the Kelvin Science essay competition was set up in 1999 to try to duplicate its success. In 2008 we instituted the Thomas Campion English essay competition, kindly funded by the Friends of Peterhouse. All three competitions have a top prize of £500 and a second prize of £250; several further essays will be highly commended.
All three prizes have the following aims:
- to give students in Year 12 or Lower Sixth who are considering applying to university an opportunity to write about a subject in which they are personally interested, developing and experiencing the independent study skills which they will need in order to do well at A level and university.
- to support teachers by providing challenging extension work for talented students and by giving those students contact with Higher Education.
- to encourage high-flying students to consider applying to Cambridge by giving them a taste of the type of work they would experience here.
- to recognise the achievement and effort of the best of these students through prizes and commendations and to give them the opportunity of receiving feedback from leading scientists, historians and English specialists.