High-flying St Olave’s sixth former earns top prize from Cambridge University college
PUBLISHED: 15:08 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:32 06 July 2017
Josephine Jones wowed judges with her essay on physical sciences
An ‘exceptional’ young writer from Crayford has been awarded by one of Cambridge University’s top colleges.
Josephine Jones, a sixth form student at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, came away with top prize in Newnham College’s annual essay competition, which pits female students against each other across a number of subjects.
In a year record-breaking year for entries, the 17-year-old came out on top in the physical sciences essay category.
On top of her £400 prize, Miss Jones was invited to the women-only college at the heart of Cambridge University to be presented her prize by college principal, Professor Dame Carol Black.
Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham admissions tutor, said: “The field this year was particularly strong, with a record number of entries, and the judges were impressed by the range and quality of the research undertaken by the entrants.
“Whittling that field down to the winners and runners-up of the eight prizes involved some hard decisions, but those chosen are well-deserved winners and should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
Former prize winners have gone on to join Newnham as students, with the awards “exposing the high-flying sixth formers to the type of work expected at Cambridge”.