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John Locke Global Essay Competition 2022

John Locke Global Essay Competition 2022

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil, Charlie, on being shortlisted in the prestigious John Locke Global Essay Competition 2022. Charlie was awarded a commendation and will attend an awards ceremony in October.

In their words “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. Our Essay Competition invites students to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the confines of the school curriculum.”

Essays are judged by senior academics from the University of Oxford. The judges choose their favourite essay from each subject category and an over ‘best essay’ across seven subjects: Philosophy, Politics, Economics, History, Psychology, Theology and Law.

Charlie decided to focus on the topic of Psychology for her essay, and out of a choice of four questions she explored: ‘Are men and women psychologically different? Does it matter?‘ Charlie said:

“The reason I decided to write an entry for the John Locke essay competition was because I was looking for an essay competition that I would find interesting, and after already writing others on similar topics I thought there would be some crossover with research into the human brain. I have also found the essay competitions fun as I enjoy extending my studies in Biology and Chemistry, particularly into the fields I personally find fascinating: neuroscience and psychology. I am delighted to be shortlisted and excited to attend the awards ceremony in October.”

Ieuan Weir, Deputy Head Academic said:

“Our vision states that we are a school community where all are inspired to explore, empowered to express and challenged to excel. Pupils are actively encouraged to broaden their horizons and explore topics of interest. The prestigious John Locke essay competition is an ideal opportunity for pupils to fulfil this, and we congratulate Charlie on her achievement in this prestigious global essay competition.”

Charlie’s essay can be read on the Canford Blog  We wish Charlie the very best of luck at the awards ceremony in October.

Further details regarding the John Locke Global Essay Competition can be found here: