Theology Philosophy and Religion Essay Competition

Summer 2021

We are delighted to announce the winners of the ISRSA Theology, Philosophy and Religions Essay Competition.

Almost all the essays submitted this year for the Theology, Philosophy and Religions essay prize were of an extremely high standard. All those selected by their schools had clearly worked very hard researching, thinking about and constructing their essays. The judges very much enjoyed reading all essays and the task of selecting the very best for prizes was inevitably difficult. Prizes were awarded to those whose essays were especially well composed and who showed particularly good personal engagement with the essay topic.  ISRSA members can read the winning essays by following the link below.

ISRSA thanks the Independent Schools Examining Board and Academy Conferences for their generous support in sponsoring this year’s TPR prizes.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Category 1: Year 7

1st Place

Samit Valanju – Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

2nd Place

Hrithik Gosain – Lyndhurst House School

3rd Place

Gabriella Brown – Coloma Convent Girls’ School

Highly Commended

Connie McMilan – Caterham School

Harry McCulloch – Devonport High School for Boys

Keshav Kanwar – Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

Leonie Russell – Oakham School

Rajashree Venugopal – Beal High School

Jack Barrow – Milbourne Lodge

Michael Logothetis – Wetherby Prep School

Genevieve Coulson – Clevedon School

Emily Newman – Steyning Grammar School

Hijiri Yamada – St Augustine’s Priory

Category 2: Years 8 & 9

Years 8 and 9

1st Place

Charlie Heath – Eton College

2nd Place

Daniel Nellan – Eton College

3rd Place

Katherine van Wyk – St Paul’s Girls’ School

Highly Commended

Amulya Maganty – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Aria Shivram – Bromley High School

Alexandra Turner – Norwich High School

Georgia Newell – Kingston Grammar School

Mayesa Mir – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Tomas Lopez-Valcarcel – Eton College

Fraser de Rivaz  – Kingston Grammar School

Henrietta Simpkin – James Allen’s Girls’ School

Izzy Badcock – Lancing College Prep School at Worthing


Category 1: Year 7


‘The story of Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13 ) was just a dream.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.


‘The moral rule “you must always save human life” is a bad rule.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.


‘A religious building must only be used for worship.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.

Category 2: Years 8–9


‘The Calming of the Storm (Mark 4:35-41) is best interpreted as a parable.’ Discuss.


‘Is that which is right because God commands it? or does God command that which is right?’ Discuss.


‘Meditation is less effective than prayer.’ Discuss.