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As a general rule, the weekly pilgrimage to Ken’s Beijing is not something a Year 13 would be best pleased about being interrupted. However, even for me, this occasion warranted an exception to the rule.

Mr Abbas had emailed me, saying I'd been selected as one of four prizewinners nationally at 2016's Young Geographer of the Year Awards at the Royal Geographical Society, in Kensington, London.

21 students from across the Sixth Form had submitted entries for the yearly competition, with this year’s task involving assessing in an essay how Britain is changing - a topic hot on the lips of the press given the current political (and meteorological) climate.

Steve Brace, the Society's Head of Education, noted that many of the entries were very impressive. Students had commented on how Britain's physical features are changing in response to a wide range of geographical processes, while others focused on social, cultural or political change. 'We're delighted to see so many pupils considering how Britain is changing in such a thoughtful and knowledgeable way,' Mr Brace commented.

Mine was selected as a highly commended entry, something I'm extremely proud of given that 750 entries were submitted to the Society, and over 5000 students took part in schools nationally, with only four prizewinners.

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I was invited to the awards ceremony on Friday 25th November at the Society in Kensington, where Steve Brace presented the award. Lunch and a tour of the Society followed - and of course the customary photos out in the sun.

In all it was a hugely enjoyable day and a great privilege to win such an award - definitely worth interrupting that chicken with black bean sauce with the lads.