The College recently welcomed groups of Year 12 students for a taste of studying at Oxford.

Classics & Ancient History

On 20 April, 74 students from around the country attended the Classics & Ancient History Study Afternoon. They enjoyed talks from St John's tutors on Ancient History, Archaeology, Literature and Philosophy, and tours of College led by current students.

" Chatting to the undergraduates who were really positive about studying Classics at Oxford definitely encouraged me to apply. " Year 12 student

A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of awards to the winners of the annual Classics & Ancient History Essay Competition. This competition was open to all students currently studying in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, anywhere in the UK, whether or not they were currently studying a Classical or Ancient History subject. The number of entries was the highest in the history of the competition so far. A total of 161 students submitted essays (up from 127 in 2015/16) from all over the country.

The winners were: 

  • Overall winner and winner in the Literature category: Constance Everett-Pite
  • Winner in the History category:  Nicholas Pymont
  • Winner in the Philosophy category: Charlotte DeLeyser
  • Winner in the Archaeology category: Laura Garratt

The following entrants received a certificate of high commendation for their entries: Rose Grossel, Jan Preiss, Matt Coleclough, James Maskill. Many congratulations to them all. You can download a report on the entries to the competition here.

Classics essay competition winners


The Law Study Day took place on 21 April, when 29 Year 12 students attended two academic workshops led by St John's tutors, on particular topics in public law and contract law. They enjoyed guided tours of the College by current Law students, and a plenary session to give an overview of College life, the Law courses at Oxford and the admissions process.

" The chats with the law students were really useful - I got to ask so many questions and they answered them in a very enthusiastic way. " Year 12 student
" The small group tutorings on very interesting and challenging topics were great! " Year 12 student

Law Study Day April 2017