Whittam-Smith Essay Prize 2018-19


10 December 2018

This term over 80 students took part in the inaugural Whittam-Smith Essay Prize.  The competition is named after Sir Andreas Whittam-Smith, CBE, who is an Old Birkonian and currently serves as President of Birkenhead School.

In October, over 80 students took part in the inaugural Whittam-Smith Essay Prize with Sir Andreas Whittam-Smith selecting the winner in each of the three Key Stage categories.   

The competition was tough and selecting the top three for each Key Stage was certainly a difficult task. The Year 7 to 9 / Key Stage 3 winner was Harrison Brodbelt, writing an essay on the impact of technology in sport. Sophia Campbell and Isabella Heckstall-Smith took second and third place, respectively.

The Year 10 to 11 / Key Stage 4 winner was Izza Majeed who wrote a detailed piece on the power of globalisation: Izza has been awarded a two day work experience at a local media company. In second place was Bobby FitzHerbert, with Jimmy Sergi also taking a podium spot in third.

The Sixth Form / Key Stage 5 award went to Shivank Sharma writing on the topic of ‘beauty’. Shivank will visit The Liverpool Echo for a two day work experience as part of his prize. In second place came Will Blessing, with Toby Brown in third. All nine prize-winners received Amazon gift vouchers and certificates, with the three winners taking home a glass trophy.


The competition is named after Sir Andreas Whittam-Smith, CBE, who is a former student of Birkenhead School.  Sir Andreas is an English financial journalist who co-founded 'The Independent' newspaper.  He is also a former president of the British Board of Film Classification. 

Sir Andreas Whittam-Smith, Old Birkonian and President of Birkenhead School.

Mr Whitworth, Deputy Head (Academic) commented, "The competition is part of our wider Academic Extension Programme.  We very much look forward to running this competition again in October 2019, and continuing to provide opportunity for students to write extensively and creatively."