Fourth Year pupil Finlay Hawker has been named as joint winner of the 2021 David Grossel History competition.

The essay competition was set up in memory of David Grossel, a respected and much-loved former History teacher at Hampton School, and receives entries from GCSE pupils at all of David’s previous schools (Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Kingston Grammar School, UCS Hampstead, City of London, KCS Wimbledon and Hampton). Finlay wrote a fantastic essay in response to the question Should Stalin be remembered as anything more than a murderous tyrant.

Fellow Historian and Fourth Year pupil Benjamin Hammond was awarded one of three runners-up prizes, a thoroughly impressive achievement against tough competition.

Head of History, Mr Henry Moore, was delighted with Finlay and Ben’s success:

Each year, GCSE Historians from across half a dozen London schools can enter the David Grossel History Prize, which is held in memory of one of our former History teachers. This year, we are delighted to congratulate two of our Fourth Years. Finlay Hawker’s essay on Stalin won the competition and Benjamin Hammond, also writing on Stalin, came runner up. Both beat tough competition from not just those other schools, but also the other Hamptonians who entered. Very well done to both of them.


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