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Townsend History Prize

Posted: 13th March 2020

DPL has, for the 2nd time, entered pupils in Years 7 and 8 for the Townsend Warner History Prize for prep schools, a historical tradition in its own right now celebrating 135 years of friendly competition.  After the success of getting a record five boys through to the second stage of the Townsend Warner History Prize, we are pleased to report that all boys performed admirably on the arduous two hour long paper. Freddie, amazingly still only in Year 7, finished 19th overall and Raaghav in Year 8 came 60th, both receiving awards for their performances. Ollie, Zach and Jolyon, all in Year 8, all finished in the top 200 out of over 1000 entries. Knowledge ranging from Celtic Britain to landing on the moon was on display from the boys, with the examiners commenting, “there was a great deal to praise in the writing… they wrote with substantial knowledge and a level of confidence which belied their tender years. It is always impressive to see such work. Inevitably, sometimes, the degree of control and grasp slipped a little. So I was a little startled to read that ‘Anne Boleyn entered her court life with a bang’! But my favourite description was of the Boston Tea Party: ‘The cup of tea at the time and now represents the British people’.” That seems rather apt in today’s world!

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