Dukes Education Essay Prize


At the heart of Dukes Education is a mission to empower students to achieve excellence through an exceptional and inspiring education.

To this end, the Dukes Education Essay Prize is a nationwide scheme, with the ambition to develop academic creativity and passion among aspirational students. Inspired by an infamous past entrance test for fellows at All Souls’ College, Oxford, we invite students in Years 11 and 12 to write an essay in response to a one-word prompt, chosen from a selection of seven options.

In 2016, students are invited to offer 1,500 words on:

Genius - Beauty - Risk - Honour - Country – Colour - Time


Prize winners will be selected by a panel of education experts. Participants in the Essay Prize will be merited if they answer a question from a single subject-discipline – for example, an essay on the topic ‘Country’ solely from the perspective of English Literature, or ‘Beauty’ from the perspective of Mathematics.

Eligibility: all students currently studying in Year 11 or Year 12

Essay length: a maximum of 1,500 words. Students may submit up to three essays

Submission deadline: 7th May 2016

Prizes available: 1st place £500, 2nd place £250, 3rd place £100

Winners will be contacted via email in the week commencing 14th May. With permission of the student, essays will be published in full on the Dukes Education website.


Entry into the competition is free. Once you have written your essay, please send an electronic copy to essay@dukeseducation.com with your full name, school and year group.

Alternatively, post your essay submission to Dukes Education, 14 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AR. Original posted essays cannot be returned.