Judges on the UK’s most prestigious essay writing competition, the Trinity R A Butler Politics Essay Competition, have commended Year 13’s Julia on her essay which questions, ‘Do wealthy nations owe anything to poor nations?’ for its ‘compelling arguments’ and ‘outstanding insights’.
A competition open to students in Year 12, R A Butler Prize competition candidates choose a topic from a list of general questions announced in advance. Jointly organised by Trinity College Cambridge and Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies, the prize was established in memory of the former Master of Trinity College, Lord Butler. Famously serving as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Butler was responsible for the introduction of free secondary education for all students in the UK.
Recognising achievements of high calibre students and their teachers, the prize is offered to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to consider studying politics or international studies at university, or a related discipline.
Commenting on her commendation, Julia said, "I was really interested in the question because I felt that it was an important topic to look at, particularly when considering the issues with global vaccine distribution. I was mostly struck by (in some cases) the problematic situation of aid given from wealthy countries. I enjoyed working on this essay and am very pleased with the outcome."
Miss Wright, our Oxbridge co-ordinator, commented, "I am thrilled for Julia. She has an incisive, original mind and had to carry out a great deal of research in order to write an essay of such commendable quality. Moreover, this is the second success in two years which Julia has had in essay competitions, because she was also shortlisted for the John Locke Philosophy Competition when in Year 11."
This commendation is particularly special because, in the last three years, Woodbridge School has had significant success in highly prestigious essay competitions, with eight essays winning or being rated very highly.