7th May 2021 — Pupils in Year 8 at Westbourne House School, Chichester, took part in the Townsend-Warner History Prize, a prep schools history prize. All Westbourne House pupils received subject commendations after Paper 1 which involved them answering 100 questions on world history with a strong emphasis on British history.
One pupil, Kieran Rutherford, who lives in Chichester, qualified for the final round of the prize competition. The Townsend-Warner History Prize was started 135 years ago and has an illustrious history, with George Orwell a former runner-up in his school days.
Kieran came 67th out of around 1200 entrants nationally with just the top 250 qualifying for the final round.
Head of History at Westbourne House, Mr Donald, said: "Kieran is a brilliant historian, so this is a well-deserved accolade. He is the only finalist from Westbourne, and given the strength of competition he has done incredibly well. The paper is marked by one of the history teachers at Harrow, who praised the quality of the answers provided by all the qualifying pupils this year.
"The final will take place on 24th May where Kieran will write a series of essays on historical topics he is interested in,” Mr Donald added.
Kieran commented: "I am really pleased to get this far and I’m looking forward to the next round. I like lot of different subjects but I find history particularly interesting because there's so much there to discover. It's like a fractal where it never ends and you can look down and down and find out more things."