John Locke Prize

28 September 2020

Forest pupil, Trinity Batt (Y13) shortlisted in prestigious John Locke Institute Essay Competition 2020.

Trinity’s submission to the John Locke Institute Essay Competition has been shortlisted from over 3,000 entries across 80 different countries. The judging panel consisted of 35 examiners from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard and Chicago. Trinity’s essay was about whether the underlying principles of common law require that juries be informed about jury nulification.

The John Locke Institute (named in honour of the eminent 17th Century Oxford Philosopher) encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers. The essay competition invites students to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the confines of the school curriculum.

Ms Spencer Ellis, Head of Sixth Form, had this to say about Trinity’s achievement:

‘Trinity has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Law encapsulated in her decision to enter a prestigious and demanding essay prize. Her work is underpinned by precision, as well as a genuine flair for understanding the principles of the Law. I am delighted that her skills have been recognized by being shortlisted for the John Locke prize.’

The winners will be announced later in the year.