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Essay Competition

The Chelsea Society has launched an essay competition for all state and independent primary schools in Chelsea with the aim of encouraging youthful interest in this special part of London where so many children spend their school days.

The theme was ‘My Chelsea’ and the competition was restricted to pupils in Years 5 and 6. Entries were received by the March 1 deadline, just before ‘lockdown’ left the schools empty for most of the Summer term when the announcement of the winner and the prizegiving had been planned.

Now that schools are slowly beginning to return to life, the Society is happy to reveal that Cameron House produced the winning entry (by Oliver Butterworth), while Redcliffe (Josephine Kloch) was second. Christ Church (Penelope Stopford) and Holy Trinity (Richard Raj) were placed joint third.

The judges congratulate Oliver Butterworth on his confident use of language, vivid imagery and imaginative and enthusiastic embrace of the topic. Its highly personal tone indicated that he had correctly interpreted the brief conveyed in the title MY Chelsea.

  To read Oliver’s essay click here Oliver essay

Josephine Kloch impressed the judges with her lively confident style, use of language and the scope of her research, and we compliment her on a singular achievement by a Year 5 pupil against strong competition from Year 6 students.

  To read Josephine’s essay click here Josephine essay

Penelope Stopford and Richard Raj are congratulated on excellent essays which earned an honourable joint third place in a strongly contested competition.

  To read Penelope’s essay click here Penelope essay


  To read Richard’s essay click here Richard essay


Overall, the judges believed that all the wining entries serve as a great testament to the quality of the pupils and teachers of Chelsea!

Cameron House, as the winning school, will receive the Chelsea Society Schools’ Essay prize of £500 and Oliver Butterworth, as the winning essayist, a book voucher to the value of £50.

In addition, the Headmistress of Cameron House, Dina Mallett, and Oliver’s parents will receive a year’s free membership of The Chelsea Society.

It is hoped that, despite current Covid uncertainty, a prizegiving function may yet be possible before the end of this academic year – or very early in the next.

Fleur de Villiers CMG
Member of the Council of The Chelsea Society

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