Congratulations to sixth form students, Zachary Edwards and Alice Chapman for winning this year’s Howard and Mitchell Essay Prizes. These prestigious awards are in recognition for a well-researched and written extended essay on science (Howard) and humanities (Mitchell). This year’s Mitchell essay prize was won by Zachary who wrote a piece entitled ‘To what extent is a unified theory of physics possible?’ The runner-up for this prize was Benjamin Hamid who wrote an essay looking at links between mathematics and philosophy. This year was the first time that the essay prizes were opened for submissions from incoming Year 12 students so it was particularly pleasing to see Zachary rise to the challenge and win in a contest with students in the year above him. The Howard essay prize was won by Alice who asked ‘Should the cognitive or behaviourist perspective be the primary focus when it comes to second language learning?’ in her piece. The runner-up in the humanities category was Julia Lasiota. Both Zachary and Alice presented the ideas contained in their papers at an event in the Swallow library which was attended by staff, students and parents. Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Dr Gillian Groszewski, would like to thank the judges for the essay competition: Mr Bryan Porter, Mr Richard Maynes, Mrs Emma Rea and Mr Simon Pepper.