Well done Sam!

Published 8 November 2023

Oxplore.org is a digital resource from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’, it aims to challenge those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and reflect the kind of critical thinking students undertake at university.It is aimed at raising aspirations, promoting broader thinking and encouraging intellectual curiosity – underpinned by the latest discoveries and research from the University of Oxford.

A big well done to Sam (8D1) on having his essay shortlisted for the 2023 Big Oxplore essay competition. The Oxplore Essay Competition is for students at non-selective state secondary schools across the UK. Students in Year 7-9 are invited to write an 800-word response to one of the following essay questions:


  • Should the purpose of charities be to make themselves redundant?
  • Should billionaires be expected to engage in philanthropy?
  • Discuss, in detail, the work of a charitable organisation. In what ways have they succeeded? What could they have done better?


Sam answered the question of “Should billionaires be expected to engage in philanthropy?” This is a considerable achievement in a national competition with an exceptionally strong field. Congratulations Sam!