Written by Ms Wallace

The results are in- the winners of our much anticipated Blue Plaque competition have been announced!


Over the half term break, all Kensington Park School students were encouraged to take part in our blue plaque competition, exploring their local neighbourhoods and taking photographs with famous blue plaques, alongside writing detailed biographies about the recognised historical figure.


Four winners have been awarded first place under four different categories, and each received 5 house points for their victory. Everyone who took part also received 1 house point for their brilliant efforts.


Category 1: Most thoroughly researched biography/biographies

Winner: Giulia!

Sir William Rothenstein:

Sir William Rothenstein (29 January 1872 – 14 February 1945) was an English painter, printmaker, draughtsman, lecturer, and writer on art. He became popular in the early 1890s. Rothenstein continued to make art right up until his death in the mid-1940s. Though he covered many subjects – ranging from landscapes in France to representations of Jewish synagogues in London – he is perhaps best known for his work as a war artist in both world wars, his portraits, and his popular memoirs, written in the 1930s. More than two hundred of Rothenstein's portraits of famous people can be found in the National Portrait Gallery collection. The Tate Gallery also holds a large collection of his paintings, prints and drawings. Rothenstein served as Principal at the Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. He was knighted in 1931 for his services to art. In March 2015 'From Bradford to Benares: the Art of Sir William Rothenstein', the first major exhibition of Rothenstein's work for over forty years, opened at Bradford's Cartwright Hall Gallery, touring to the Ben Uri in London later that year.


Category 2: Most impressive number of entries

Winner: Adéla, with 12 submissions!

I used the opportunity of My Blue Plaque KPS competition to discover some beautiful locations of Kensington, mostly around Holland Park. I made few nice walks with my twin brothers and we really enjoyed the adventure of seeking and discovering.

I was very surprised by the wide diversity of personalities being awarded by the Blue Plaque. This experience made me to look at the buildings around me with a new optics and I am sure I will continue my Blue Plaques discovery further.   

I am particularly proud to get Aghata Christie and George Orwell in my collection. 


Category 3: Most obscure blue plaque

Winner: Dylan!

John Francis Sartorius – An English painter of horses, horse-racing and hunting scenes. He was less successful than his father with regard to his patrons, though his thorough knowledge of sport was exemplified in his sporting pictures.


Category 4: Funniest entry

Winner: Adrian!

"This is the most unusual plaque I found. Despite lengthy research I cannot find out why or to whom it was awarded…" – Adrian


Well done to all our winners for their creativity and dedication to the competition!
Of course, there were plenty of fantastic entries from numerous students- and staff. Please see a selection of those here…


The half term is over, but the summer is approaching- try to keep up your blue plaque walks and celebrating the outdoors whilst learning all about some famous figures in London!