Amongst best history experts in the country

Amongst best history experts in the country


Two exceptional history experts from Cheltenham Prep have been invited to sit Paper 2 of the The Townsend-Warner History Prize, a prestigious History competition for prep school pupils.

The prize is over 125 years old and is one of the oldest institutions in the preparatory school world! Consisting of two papers, one demanding list of 100 questions with one-word or one-sentence answers from world history, and one two-hour paper in the form of essay questions. The latter allows candidates a wide choice so that they can write on what they know, but also potential to show analytical skill and historical imagination. 

After a relaxed Christmas break and a quiz devised by from former candidates Duncan Pinchen and Maximus Morris, the 22 Cheltenham Prep Upper School candidates sat Paper 1 in January. We can only commend their dedication to the challenge: meeting during break times over the last term, candidates learned about different parts of History that the syllabus does not cover and practiced their Historical general knowledge. 

17 of the candidates did extremely well and receive certificates of participation, and three further candidates scored highly and just missed out on an invitation to sit Paper 2. 

However two exceptional candidates have qualified to sit Paper 2. Louis was placed 201st nationally with a score of 46/100 in Paper 1. Charles was placed 16th nationally with a score of 71/100. In a particularly difficult year of the competition (this year, 250 pupils nationally qualified from Paper 1 to sit Paper 2), these are incredibly impressive scores!

The whole process has been a lot of fun, especially the break time quizzing, and the results are all fantastic achievements of which the pupils should be very proud.

Best of luck to Louis and Charles who sit Paper 2 this week!

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