DATES FOR 2017

Paper 1 - Friday January 13th  :  Paper 2 - Monday February 20th 


All enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator:

A.H.Beadles, Chaff Barn, Downyard, Compton Pauncefoot,
Yeovil, Somerset  BA22 7EL  01963 440461

tonybeadles@me.com


Examiner for Paper 1

Dr M.Gray, 5 High Street, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex.  HA1 3HP


Examiner for Paper 2

A.H.M.Thompson, 25 Links Road, Radlett, Hertfordshire.  WD7 8BD
01923 578673





The Townsend-Warner History Prize, started 131 years ago, is one of the oldest institutions in the preparatory school world. 
It has proved enduringly popular in encouraging the study of history.  It is not linked to any national testing or examinations, but aims to provoke interest and delight in historical reading, facts and analysis.  It regularly produces winners of remarkable calibre, writing history of much flair and knowledge.  The first
fifty candidates receive generous prizes, in 2016 to a total of over £1,000, and the next fifty are sent cards of commendation.


The Prize consists of two papers.  The first has 100 questions demanding one-word, or one-sentence, answers from world history, but with a strong emphasis on British history.  Many are straightforward, some a little more obscure.  Two hundred and fifty candidates qualify from Paper 1 to sit Paper 2.  This is in the form of essay questions, but allows candidates a very wide choice so that they can write on what they know, but also show analytical skill and historical imagination.


The prize is open to schools affiliated to IAPS - the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

Entry forms are sent to the Heads of all IAPS schools in October/November each year with the request to encourage the Head of History at the school to select suitable candidates for entry.

Entries for 2017 should reach the Administrator as soon as possible and not later than December 16th, 2016.


In 2016 over 1,000 candidates sat Paper 1 and 250 qualified for Paper 2.

The Townsend-Warner

Preparatory Schools History Prize