Eltham College Student Wins Prestigious Richard III Essay Prize

We are delighted to announce that Miles, a Year 12 student at Eltham College, has been awarded first prize in the Richard III Society’s essay competition. His essay, titled “Noble Leader or Manipulative Villain: How was Richard III viewed during his life?”, earned him the top prize of £200.

The Richard III Society is a historical organisation dedicated to promoting research into the life and times of King Richard III. Their essay competition is open to students under the age of 19, requiring well-researched and fully referenced essays between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The entries are judged by a panel of academics, making this a highly respected and competitive event.

The judges praised Miles’s essay with the following feedback:

“An excellent essay, fluent and well-structured. The author successfully uses a chronological assessment of events to argue their points, resisting the common temptation to share too much narrative detail. The wealth of primary sources presented and the assessment of their usefulness is impressive.”

Dr Davies, Head of History at Eltham College, also commended Miles’s dedication and scholarship, stating, “Miles has worked extremely hard on this project, initially as part of his EPQ and then specifically for this major essay competition entry. His command of the relevant material is impressive, and he has exemplified how we want our Sixth Form historians to engage with independent research beyond their A Level syllabus, with academic debate, and with changing historical interpretations. He should be really proud of his achievement.”

We are immensely proud of Miles’s accomplishment. Congratulations, Miles!