JUDGES’ REPORT AND RESULTS

This year there were 91 entries, fewer than last year and particularly fewer in Year 9. Year 7 had by far the most entries, which seems to indicate that interest tails off by the age of 13! Whilst there were some very accomplished entries, and some almost as accomplished entries, the overall standard has taken a slight dip this year, perhaps from other pressures on school time, but we see no alarms bells ringing.

One development is that the City of London School (Boys) has taken an interest this year, as they have been working on handwriting in Year 6. So we agreed that we would judge Year 6 entries from them separately this year, for a special prize, but will certainly consider opening it out to Year 6 pupils in other schools next year. Please let us know if this would be of interest. That might also raise the question of whether a Year 6 prize might prove more appealing than the Year 9 one.

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 were in the final reckoning but didn’t quite make it to the prize. And it so happened that we awarded only one Highly Commended place in each year group, so this year we have renamed those recipients Runners-Up, and they can consider themselves very much in the same bracket as the winners, but there was felt to be some very small distinction which set the winner apart.

As usual 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.

The winners will each receive a certificate and a £100 Amazon voucher. The runners-up will receive a certificate and a Scriveners’ fountain pen. We regret that we are unable to invite those Commended to the ceremony but they will receive a certificate, which will be sent to their respective schools.

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 2016 results are as follows:



Year 7

Commended:
Henri Amato-Long
St Paul’s Cathedral School
Sofia Buschman
City of London School for Girls
Elaine Li
City of London Freemen’s School
India Robb
City of London School for Girls

Runner-up:
Pardis Ajala
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Olivia Hart
City of London Freemen’s School



Year 8

Commended:
Chloe Addy
City of London School for Girls
Medina Hussain
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Mia Soares
Sir John Cass Red Coat School
Harshana Nanthagumar
City of London School for Girls

Runner-up:
Mathilda Briscoe
City of London School for Girls

Winner:
Imogen Scott-Gall
City of London School for Girls



Year 9

Runner-up:
Chloe Tütwe Mwebaze
Sir John Cass Red Coat School

Winner:
Abidha Rahman
Sir John Cass Red Coat School



Year 6
(special prize for 2016)

Winner:
Amar Jugoo
City of London School