Psychology Student Highly Commended

Brentwood School Psychology student Ella Lindsay has been awarded a top Cambridge University prize for her entry in a Year 12 Essay Competition.

Seventeen-year-old Ella was Highly Commended for her essay which was one of 453 submissions in the annual Corpus Christi College subject-based essay competitions.

For 2015-16, the College increased the range of subject topics to include Medicine, English, Biological Sciences and Computer Science. Ella’s essay was Highly Commended for the Gerald Duveen prize in Psychology.

The essay competitions aims to give students the chance to think and write about challenging questions which are set and assessed by Cambridge fellows and academics.

The competitions are open to students at schools and colleges in the UK and aim to encourage academically able students from all backgrounds to consider applying to Cambridge University.

Ella, who is in the Brentwood’s Lower Sixth, was awarded a prize of £25 and an invitation to attend an informal prize ceremony, lunch, and tour of the College with the opportunity to meet current undergraduates. 

Corpus Christi Admissions Tutor Dr Michael Sutherland said the judges had been impressed with Ella’s work and sent their congratulations. “The quality of the essays was very high, making the judging exceptionally difficult this year.”

The Gerard Duveen prize in Psychology is named after Gerard Duveen who was a major figure in social psychology.

Headmaster Ian Davies said: “We are delighted for Ella. There were six prizes for Psychology, so it is very impressive that Ella received a prize given that I am sure Psychology would have received quite a large proportion of the 453 entries.”

Ella thanked Head of Psychology Dr Tracey Elder and Psychology teacher Mrs Amanda Morris for all their support.