Oxbright Essay Competition 2024

Elsie (Yr 9) has been shortlisted in the OxBright Essay Competition and awarded a free place at an OxBright academic conference. 


OxBright, by the Oxford Scholastica Academy, exists to inspire students to succeed, find their purpose and make a difference in the world. They do this by offering courses, internships, conferences and resources for teenagers.  The competition aims to test the academic skills of 15-18 year olds, encouraging them to think more deeply about a topic, beyond the school curriculum.  Inspired by the prospect of possibly joining the Oxford Scholastica Academy in the summer, Elsie entered the competition and chose the field of medicine to focus on, with the essay question ‘How does collaboration in medicine support social impact and innovation?  Discuss how working together is essential when addressing global challenges and creating meaningful change.’

The OxBright team wrote to us to say,
“Students from around the world submitted creative, optimistic, thoughtful essays on the topic of collaboration in their chosen field. Their brilliant essays have given us at OxBright another reason, if we needed it, to feel optimistic about the potential of this generation to drive the world forward… The panel of judges were very impressed with Elsie’s essay, shortlisting it within a competitive field of over 1000 entries. While Elsie didn’t win, this is a great achievement, and we hope you and everyone at Pate’s Grammar School feel very proud.”

Of her experience, Elsie said,

“I found out about this competition from a friend, I was torn between entering the Biology or Medicine category – I’m really interested in Medicine and ethics so this really appealed to me.”

Well done Elsie on such an informed and mature essay  – and enjoy the conference, you’ve certainly earned it!