The event attracted a large group of volunteers, who gathered in the Alington Hall on the evening of Friday 11th May. Their challenge was to write one essay in an hour on a question of their choice from a wide range of topic areas. The questions covered academic areas as diverse as European politics, elite athletics and the determination of fate by our genes, reflecting the broad curriculum offered at Shrewsbury.
Originality of thought, poise and academic flair were the order of the day, and it was particularly pleasing for those reading scripts this week to witness the sheer variety of response offered - indicating a clear range of talents and academic interests among our Third and Fourth Formers.
A shortlist of essays will be chosen from each year group to go forward to an external judge, and the overall winner will be announced after the Exeat.
Well done to all those who took part for showcasing their intellectual curiosity and willingness to 'go beyond' the classroom.
You can see the full list of questions here.