World Class Lymm High School student wins Trinity College Cambridge literature prize

World Class Lymm High School student wins Trinity College Cambridge literature prize

Jay Palombella, year 13 student at World Class Schools Quality Mark accredited Lymm High School, receives the Gould essay competition commendation  from Trinity College Cambridge.

Jay submitted his entry for the Trinity College Gould Prize for Essays in English Literature earlier this year, with an essay on  Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall  Apart.  

Jay is absolutely thrilled to  have achieved this commendation and intends to  study for a degree in English  Literature after leaving Lymm  High next year.  

He has been invited to visit Trinity College Cambridge later this month.  “I am overjoyed that my essay has been commended. I really enjoyed writing and researching the essay, so it’s great to see that it was  received so well“, said Jay. 


The judges said: “We were impressed by the extent of the  research that you had  undertaken and the judicious use of criticism within the essay. We admired the clarity and expressiveness of your argument which you maintained throughout and the very strong close readings  you offered. It was a great pleasure to read  your essay.”  


Things Fall Apart was the  Nigerian novelist’s first novel  and magnum opus. It occupies a pivotal place in  African literature and remains  the most widely studied,  translated and read African  novel.  

“I know that the quality of the  English teaching and support  Jay has received at Lymm have  both been a major factor in his  decision to study English  Literature”, said Jay’s mum  Sarah.  “I know we all remember  influential teachers and I know  that Jay has been very  

influenced by the teaching and  support he has received from  the English department not  just in his A’ Levels but also  for his GCSEs.”  


Following his commendation Jay’s teachers nominated him for the World Class Schools Quality Mark Character Award in October 2021.

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