Modern economics is highly quantitative in nature. If you want to read Economics at university, you'll need to be a good mathematician.
To win the inaugural 2019 Winston Churchill Sixth Form Economics Prize, candidates had to predict — to four decimal places — what the daily spot nominal Euro-Sterling exchange rate would be on 1 June 2019. The spot rate they needed to predict was that given on the Bank of England webpage, www.bankofengland.co.uk/boeapps/iadb/Rates.asp They also needed to justify their predictions with a commentary, focusing both on economic analysis and interpreting political decisions.
We were delighted by the buzz this Prize created. We received nearly 200 entries and this webpage was one of the most visited pages on the whole of our website during April 2019, the month during which the competition ran. The quality of responses we received was outstanding, so we eventually elected to award a winner, two runners-up, and a number of highly-commended entries, all listed below. Our winning entries were those that predicted the spot rate with the greatest accuracy and provided the best-argued explanation of their prediction.
We want to congratulate all student participants and thank their teachers for their support.
Jessica Reeve (Marlborough College)
Zac Ward (Bexhill Sixth Form College)
Cathy Wu (Guildford High School)
Mariachiara Lombardi (ACS International Schools)
Matthew Burden (Alderbrook School)
Alice Kettlewell (Alleyn’s School)
Dionne Lee (Birkenhead School)
Luke Miley (The Bishop's Stortford High School)
Sam Hartshorn (Charters School)
Sofian Othmane (Cheam High School)
Jennifer Hague (Crompton House CofE School)
Josh Shah (Dame Alice Owen’s School)
Waleed Alzarooni (Epsom College)
Xinge Zhang (Lancaster Girls' Grammar School)
Divya Cherian (Pate's Grammar School)
Sam Godfrey (Rainham Mark Grammar School)
Cici Xia (Reigate Grammar School)
Joseph Stanley (Saffron Waldon County High School)
Méabh Cairns (St Catherine’s College)
Matthew Sanders (Steyning Grammar School)
Tim Jones (Tiffin School)
Radovan Dimitric (Westminster Academy)
Tom Zundel (Wetherby Senior School)
Ben Tsang (William Hulme's Grammar School)
Adam Manhal (Wootton Upper School)
If you'd like to know more about studying Economics at Churchill, check out our Admissions and Economics webpages. If you can't find answers to any questions you may have, feel free to be in touch by email.