A RIPON Grammar School sixth form history student has won a coveted prize in a prestigious University of Cambridge competition.

Phoebe Hall’s essay on the impact of the Peasants’ Revolt was picked out of more than 160 entries to be awarded second place in the annual Trinity College Robson Prize for history essay writing.

Phoebe, 17, from Ripon, hopes to study history at university and said she was surprised and extremely pleased to have picked up a prize.

She said: “I really enjoy the subject because it’s so varied and includes all sort of things from archaeology to philosophy and politics.

"I also really like debate.

"I like medieval history particularly because it’s so unexpectedly relevant to things happening around us today.”

Professor Peter Sarris, Trinity College’s director of history, told Phoebe: “We were very impressed by the range and skill of much of the work we saw, but yours stood out.

"Many congratulations on writing such an intelligent, interesting and well-researched piece of work.”

Phoebe's efforts have won £200 for herself and £200 for her school, which she has requested to be spent on books and material from the Little Ripon Bookshop.