Exceptional Contributions

Students who have made a truly exceptional contribution to The GSAL Journal are recognised for their efforts here:


Imogen (Year 12)How has warfare changed since WWII? Imogen entered this excellent essay into the New College of Humanities (NCH) annual essay competition. Imogen’s essay was shortlisted from over 5,000 student entries; although she did not ultimately win a prize, this is a remarkable achievement given the strength of the competition. [Imogen 477809]

Flaka (Year 13) – Could the neutrino be the most interesting particle in physics? Flaka successfully entered this essay into the She Talks Science blog competition run by Murray Edward’s College, Cambridge. She was recognised as a School Winner and her essay was published on the MEC website. [Flaka 871583]


Harriet (Year 13) – C’est Fantastique! French Translation Success. Harriet was runner-up in an A-Level French translation competition organised by the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Kent. She translated a short passage on the theme of immigration written by contemporary author Patrick Chamoiseau from Martinique.

Elle (Year 12) – Can history teach us lessons? Elle entered the New College of Humanities (NCH) essay competition. Her excellent essay exploring the contemporary relevance and role of historical study was Highly Commended in the History group; it was one of only four to win a category prize from a shortlist of ten. As the NCH note, “[o]ur selection of essay titles engages across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics and we look forward to receiving entries from talented and intellectually curious students who show passion and academic potential in the humanities and social sciences.” [Elle 569864]

Zara (Year 12) – Should we bring wolves back to Britain – what is the scientific case for re-wilding? Zara was one of the winners of Peterhouse’s Kelvin Science Prize in 2019. The standard of entries was really high but the judges felt that her essay stood out for its clarity of argument, stylish prose, level of research and originality of thought. This commendation puts her in the top 10 out of over 200 entries. [Zara 380837]