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Year 12 Summer Essay Competition

This competition is open to UK-based pupils in Year 12 or equivalent. Exeter is also running a KS3 Competition for years 7-9 and equivalent.

Is there a current issue you think needs solving? Or perhaps there’s an important aspect of your favourite subject you’d like to explore in more detail. This competition is your chance to do so! We will accept essays on any topic you find interesting – the choice is yours.

The essay question is:

Identify a key issue in a subject of your choice. Explain that issue and offer a potential solution. 

You can write about any topic you choose, whether it is a current event/issue or something from the past. Tell us about a topic you find interesting and let us know more about it!

You are welcome to write a new essay question for your essay, or to use the one above on its own. You should write no more than 2000 words, but there is no minimum word limit, to give you some flexibility. You will be assessed on your grammar and clarity of communication, and on the coherence of your argument and you will receive detailed feedback.


First Place – £100 Amazon Voucher

Runner-up prizes – 3 runner-up prizes of £75 Vouchers

Highly Commended certificates of achievement

Certificates of Commendation will be awarded to other, excellent essays.

Deadline for entries is 1st August 2023 at 5pm.

Please email your entries as a PDF document without your name on it to In the body of your email, please provide your name, year group, and school name. This information is for our records only, and will not be given to the assessors as all essays are anonymous during the judging process. Please submit using an email address which you monitor regularly, as this is how we will inform you of the result.

All UK-based pupils in Year 12 or equivalent are welcome to enter. Good luck!