JUDGES’ REPORT AND RESULTS


This year there were 142 entries, which is just one fewer than last year. The overall standard was slightly higher than last year, which is an encouraging sign, especially in the case of Sir John Cass Red Coat School, whose entries demonstrated a marked improvement. We have retained the category of Commended again this year which, whilst not conveying anything in the way of a prize (apart from a certificate), at least goes some way towards recognising those who just lost out in the final analysis but who nevertheless deserve recognition.

Again the judges had three basic criteria: clarity; presentation (i.e. neatness, well-formed lettering, regularity of spacing and margins); and overall style and quality. It should be emphasised that we were not looking for perfection – careful corrections or crossings out were not penalised - but for a handwriting which, whilst meeting the criteria, had a certain character of its own.

Each winner is invited – accompanied by a parent or guardian – to the presentation ceremony at the Old Bailey on 1 February at 5.15pm. Access is via the Judges’ Entrance in Warwick Square, off Warwick Lane, London EC4M 7BS and effectively the rear of the building. We would be most grateful to receive notification as soon as possible that the winners can attend.

The winners will each receive a certificate and a £100 Amazon voucher. Those highly commended will receive a certificate and a Scriveners’ fountain pen, and those commended will receive a certificate. These will be sent to the schools in question. We regret that owing to time constraints we are only able to invite the three winners to the ceremony, but we would hope that the commended and highly commended entrants will be suitably applauded at their respective schools, along with the winners.

Many thanks to all who took part, and to their teachers for encouraging them to do so. We hope it has been a rewarding exercise. We are delighted to announce that the 2015 results are as follows:

Year 7

Commended:
Danny Adams
City of London Freemen’s School
Dominic Fellows
City of London Freemen’s School
Aysha Asim Parker
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Sarah Roberts
St Paul’s Cathedral School



Highly Commended:
Elize Mak
City of London School for Girls
Amirah Qureshi
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Imogen Scott-Gall
City of London School for Girls



Winner:
Maimoona Islam
Sir John Cass Red Coat School




Year 8

Commended:
Sumaiya Ahmed
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Mia Deville
City of London School for Girls
Tara Gor
City of London Freemen’s School
Izzy Webb
City of London Freemen’s School



Highly Commended:
Agni Hatzakis
City of London School for Girls
Kaavya Kanagarajah
City of London School for Girls
Yoon-Ha Lee
City of London School for Girls



Winner:
Olivia Devlin
St Paul’s Cathedral School




Year 9

Highly Commended:
Salma Begum
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Katherine Yoon
City of London School for Girls



Winner:
Violet Savage
City of London School for Girls