This year saw the first Adam Smith Economics Essay award handed to Phoebe Trevelyan-Clarke in Year 10.

The essay competition is open to all Year 10 pupils (not just economists), and is designed to test pupils’ interest in the subject beyond the limits of the GCSE course. The essay topics for this year allow pupils the opportunity to show their research skills and depth of understanding of real economic issues such as inequality in society, taxes on wealth, the possibility of a Universal Basic Income for all, and defining economic success.

This is the first year of the competition. 21 entries were received, many of them going beyond the standard normally seen in A level exam answers. The winners and runners up were all very closely matched and all pupils taking part should be congratulated for their efforts.

Winner: Phoebe Trevelyan-Clarke

Second Place: Jeanne Prieuret

Runners-up: Maddie Kitchen and Georgie Clarke

Mr Hipperson (Teacher of Economics and Business)