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The purpose of the annual prize at the Cherwell School is to recognise and reward creative potential in any field broadly within the arts.

The 350 prize is open to all final year students at the school (average age 17-18) who are invited to demonstrate their creative potential by entering one piece of work in any medium they choose. This is not a prize for academic achievement, nor exam grades, and the judging is carried out totally independently of the school by professionals who work in the arts and media. The judges are given no information on the backgrounds or school performance of those who enter, since this has no relevance in the judging discussions. Creativity should speak for itself.

Every year, the entrants demonstrate the most amazing and varied creative potential. The judges are continually inspired by young film-makers, fiction writers, dancers, drama groups, dress-makers, composers, musicians, painters, potters and poets.

The winners

            2017 Georgie Newson-Errey

            2016 Theodora Laird

            2015  Meg Phipps

2014 Natasha Covill

2013 Cameron Small

2012 Emma Valbret

2011 Rosie Williams

2010 Sara Middleton
2009 Jacques Butler
2008 Oscar Morgan
2007 Rahim Hakimi
2006 Rachel Vaux
2005 Anna Phipps
2004 Ewan Bleach
2003 David Trumble
2002 Sophie Cartwright
2001 Robert Brough
2000 Daniel Zappi
1999 Will Davies
1998 Hannah Forbes Black
1997 Reuben Fleming
1996 Natalie Palkovich
1995 Will Wiles
1994 Suyai Steinhauer
1993 Nancy Gladstone
1992 Daniel Hall

The 2017 judges

Miles Waters, Will Wiles and Sue Hemingway


Climate: A cinematic novel by David Trumble

"David Trumble has earned his place among the artists in this field who deserve to be taken seriously. Whether David goes on to produce more comic-strip art or, as he hopes, become established in the movie business, I think we can assume that, in time, this edition of Climate will undoubtedly become a collector's item."

Graeme Garden, judge

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