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Peterhouse College, Cambridge Prize St John School

Head Girl, Hannah Rees, recently received the significant accolade of ‘Highly Commended’ for a History essay she entered for the prestigious annual Vellacott History Prize run by Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Head Girl, Hannah Rees, recently received the significant accolade of ‘Highly Commended’ for a History essay she entered for the prestigious annual Vellacott History Prize run by Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Out of over 180 entrants, only five prizes were awarded: a Winner, a Runner-up and three ‘Highly Commended’, so this was a significant achievement. Hannah developed her idea for her essay, which was on the Eighteenth Century Enlightenment in Europe, through the Seren Hub sessions she has been attending throughout Year 12 at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw, which aim to provide additional academic stretch-and-challenge for MAT A-Level students in RCT and Merthyr. Hannah and the fourteen other History, English and Science competition winners were invited to a Prizewinners’ meal and presentation ceremony on 30th June, 2017 in Peterhouse College. Hannah received her prize from Bridget Kendall – former BBC News Diplomatic Correspondent and recently-appointed first female Master of Peterhouse. It was a memorable occasion, attended by Prizewinners from as far afield as Manchester, Dorset and Dublin (as well as South Wales!). Many congratulations go to Hannah for her achievement.