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Headmaster's Junior Global Citizen Award


Amazing prize for an incredibly important topic:

  • A Red Letter Day experience of your choice!

The Headmaster’s Junior Global Citizen Award

Gordon’s is committed to supporting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and, to that end, would like to offer these competitions to both promote these goals and to engage our students in considering ways in which the issues can be addressed and resolved.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. You can find more information on these 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals here.


These are the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world:

1: No Poverty

2: Zero Hunger

3: Good Health and Well-being

4: Quality Education

5: Gender Equality

6: Clean Water and Sanitation

7: Affordable and Clean Energy

8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

10: Reduced Inequality

11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

12: Responsible Consumption and Production

13: Climate Action

14: Life Below Water

15: Life on Land

16: Peace and Justice - Strong Institutions

17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

The closing date for the Year 7 and 8 competition is Friday 7th June.

All entries should be submitted to Mr Eaden (

Shortlisted entries will be presented to the judging panel from week commencing Monday 17th June.

For any queries not covered please contact Mr Eaden (

KS3 Headmaster's Global Citizen award


The Headmaster’s Global Citizen Award

Our competition is simple:

Present your views about one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals found here  and how you think it might be addressed and potentially even resolved. In order to do this successfully you should include the following:

1.            Basic information outlining the issue.

2.            Who and/or what is impacted by the issue?

3.            Where in the world is the issue most prevalent / in need of resolving and why?

4.            What barriers stand in the way of resolving the issue?

5.            How you would attempt to resolve the issue.

  • Competition entries can be presented in any format – poster, artwork, PowerPoint, essay, film etc.
  • Students must work individually and must submit their entry as outlined below by the closing date.
  • Any entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

Entry Criteria

How to submit your entry:

Please submit your entry to the following email address:

You must ensure your entry is saved in a format that can be easily accessed by the judging panel via the above email address and that your name, age and House are clearly visible on the entry itself, not just in your email.  

Students will not be shortlisted for this prize without parental permission and confirmation of availability to take part in the selected red letter day experience.

Judging Criteria 

A selection of judges will read or view all the entries; their decision is final. Judges will consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry. We reserve the right not to award the prize if there are no suitable entries that meet the judging criteria (below).

Each entry should meet the minimum expected standard and will be assessed on the following:

  1. The student has provided an in-depth evaluation of one of the UN Sustainability Goals.
  2. The student has provided and presented detailed information on who/what the development goal affects, as well as assessed where in the world it is most prevalent. 
  3.  The student has explored why the issue has not been resolved and the potential barriers that are faced. This may include environmental, fiscal, local context or sustainability. 
  4. The student has presented a solution that is well-focused and addresses the above issues. Does the initiative demonstrate a positive social, financial and/or environmental impact relating to the SDG?
  5. The project has accurate Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation throughout. 
  6. Our judges will also be assessing innovation and creativity. Students may want to consider if there has been a similar idea beforehand? Does the project offer new and creative solutions to solve existing problems? 
  7. Any plagiarised entries will automatically be withdrawn, and House staff made aware.


Prize and further Information

The Prize:

Part 1:

The winning entry will receive a gift certificate suffice to cover a Red Letter Day under 16 Experience of their choice, up to a maximum value of £150.

Details of available experiences can be found here

The choice of experience must be made with an awareness of the age restrictions attached.

Please see additional Terms and Conditions in the ‘Parent Information’ drop down menu below.

Part 2:

On behalf of the winner of this competition, Gordon’s School will also sponsor a child in Costa Rica to receive an education on an ongoing basis. Our prize-winner will be able to correspond with this student and engage with their learning journey.

More information about this sponsorship programme can be found here