Oakham Philosophy pupils are celebrating this week after a member of their team won the annual Philosothon competition at Stowe School. Holly (Form 7) came first out of 160 pupils from a range of schools, and was not only awarded the prize for the ‘best in her year group’ but was also crowned the overall winner of the event.
Ten Oakham School pupils attended this year’s Stowe Philosothon – two from each year group in Forms 3-7 – with many pupils entering for the second year in a row. The format consists of four rounds of philosophical discussion and pupils are expected to facilitate their discussion groups and score points for how effectively they contribute to, and advance, the conversation. Sixteen schools entered the friendly competition this year allowing everyone to meet plenty of other like-minded pupils.
Head of Religion and Philosophy, Megan Fairley, says: “This is a very impressive achievement for Holly and a clear indication of the value and standard of Philosophy at Oakham. We took a fantastic group to the Philosothon this year and they all returned buzzing about the experience which will hopefully translate into greater confidence in their lessons; they should all be very proud of themselves.”