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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

Professor Dame Carol Black, principal and Dr Sam Lucy, admissions tutor and director of admissions for the University of Cambridge, with the group of Year 12 students who won first prize in each category.

Professor Dame Carol Black, principal and Dr Sam Lucy, admissions tutor and director of admissions for the University of Cambridge, with the group of Year 12 students who won first prize in each category.

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Josephine Jones wowed judges with her essay on physical sciences

Josephine Jones with Professor Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, at the prize giving ceremony at Newnham, the women’s college at the heart of Cambridge University.Josephine Jones with Professor Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, at the prize giving ceremony at Newnham, the women’s college at the heart of Cambridge University.

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”.

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