Attie Atabaev (JH) is the winner of the 2017 Chichele Essay.
Read his essay here.
The Chichele Essay is named after Henry Chichele (1363-1443), Archbishop of Canterbury and Founder of All Souls College Oxford. The prize was established some fifty years ago by John Sparrow, Warden of Souls 1952-77 and a Skinner. The competition is generously endowed by All Souls College, Oxford and takes the traditional form of an essay written in examination conditions, with a one-word title not disclosed in advance. Boys in their final year take part by invitation. The All Souls Examiner, appointed annually by the Governors, visits Tonbridge to comment on the essays submitted, to announce the winner, and to take part in the celebration of Skinners’ Day. John Sparrow himself acted as Examiner for many years.
This year the All Souls’ Examiner is The Lord Lisvane KCB DL, Robert Rogers, who served as Clerk to the House of Commons from 2011 until 2014 when he became a member of the House of Lords, where he sits as a crossbencher. The Lord Lisvane is an Old Tonbridgian (SH 1963-68)
Read his commentary on the competition here.