For over ten years, the Science Essay Competition has reflected the wide range of interests that Oundle pupils pursue outside the classroom and has provided an opportunity for them to apply academic rigour to their enthusiasms.

This year’s competition attracted an exciting variety of entries and the depth of arguments supported by reading was outstanding. The judges felt it was perhaps the hardest year of all to decide upon a winner. It is a huge credit to the pupils that they produce essays of such detail, and demonstrates that Oundle pupils are on their way to becoming the next global-ready citizens.

Across four age bands the winners were:
Beatrice (2 Sco) – “Axolotl: The key to the superpower of regeneration”
Charlotte (3 L) – “Should scientists be held morally responsible for their inventions and discoveries?”
Rupert (5 L) – “Genetic Engineering: Where to Draw the Line?”
Sam (L6 G) – “Should the Military Control Space?”

Eight pupils were Highly Commended for essays that included topics ranging from “The Psychology Behind Serial Killers” to “Should the Military Control Space?” and “The Great Physarum”.