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A further five pupils have received scholarships to study in Cambridge or Oxford this summer. In all, six pupils earned scholarships this year to the Immerse Education summer school programme, a new record.

Few can challenge the precept that there is nothing quite like an English summer on a good day. Allow yourself to imagine for a brief minute that the sun is out (not too hot, not too cold) and a gentle breeze murmurs above August pastures green, wafts through forests bedecked in their garments verts, and settles fragrantly on your socially-distanced champagne strawberry picnic… life is good. As the covid monster slinks ever deeper in the shadows under the will of a burgeoning vaccine rollout, a tantalising glimpse of normality beckons as the summer holidays hove into view.

Ahead of the curve and grasping every academic summer staycation opportunity going are five Year 12 pupils: Daisy, Kizzy, Liv, Tobias, and Will. The members of this quick-witted quintet entered the Immerse Education Essay Competition, each emerging with a scholarship to study a subject of their choosing during the summer holidays.

Along with Sasha Rozanov, the five will be heading northeast or northwest of London for a taste of quintessential English academia, repleat with dreaming gothic spires, endless culture, and of course punting (to punt with the till forward or not to punt with the till forward, that is the question!).


Congratulations to Daisy, Kizzy, Liv, Tobias, and Will, who in addition to their summer school scholarships, received a Headmaster’s Commendation for their efforts. Examples of some of their winning essays can be viewed below the gallery. Click on the gallery thumbnails for high-resolution images.

Kizzy Rollings’ 500-word essay submission

Does a diary constitute creative writing?

Tobias Lloyd’s 500-word essay submission

What is the biggest impact that chemistry has had in the last 100 years?

Will Neal’s 500-word essay submission

To what extent is human behaviour genetically determined?

The Immerse Education residential summer programmes are taught by world-class academics covering some twenty subject areas, and provide supplemental learning for sixth formers looking to further their understanding in specific disciplines. Courses include:

  • architecture
  • biology
  • business management
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • economics
  • engineering
  • history
  • international relations
  • law
  • mathematics
  • medicine
  • philosophy
  • psychology