William Drake wins Townsend-Warner History competition
Many congratulations to William Drake on becoming the first individual winner from King’s of the Townsend-Warner History Prize, which attracts about 800 entries from all over the country. The top 200 scorers on Paper One, a searching quiz on the whole of British (and some foreign) History qualify to take Paper 2, which consists of demanding essays. The marks of both papers are then added together.
William had a four point lead on the first paper and comfortably extended this with an outstanding Paper 2. His essays on Edward I, the Battles of Agincourt and Waterloo and the D Day landings earned him an impressive 85% and resulted in a clear winning margin of 9 points, one of the biggest in the competition’s history.
King’s College School’s previous best result occurred when Richard Barwise was runner up in 2007. William will be following Richard to the Perse School in September.
The school also had six other students in the top eighty, a total surpassed by only one other school. Twins Will and Sam Woods, Cole Sansom, Leo Peabody, Lizzie Ford, and Joseph Boorman all produced top performances.