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Professor Green is a former Governor of Tonbridge School. Matthew is pictured with Professor Green (left) and James Priory, Headmaster, Tonbridge School.

John Sparrow, the former warden of All Souls College, Oxford, defies augury.

It says something for David Cameron's modesty that, despite getting a First in PPE in 1988, he refused to sit the exam. I sat two specialist papers on history, my undergraduate subject, two general ones and a language paper.

And then came the hardest, most brain-straining paper of all – the one simply called "Essay"; the one the All Souls softies have now decided to drop altogether.

The horrifying thing about Essay is not how difficult it is, but how simple.

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Founded in 1438 for poor scholars by Archbishop Chichele, All Souls was intended as a place of learning and prayer for non-monastic clergy, and as a chantry for all souls of the faithful departed; hence the name.

" – as I was asked in my ancient history Finals – and the answer is still pretty specific.

But ask someone – or don't even ask them, just state to someone – a single word, and there's infinite room for genius, or stupidity, to expand within the word's parameters.

And I should know quite how difficult it is – I failed it in 1994.

At least I am in eminent company: the historian Lord Dacre, the literary critic Lord David Cecil, and the writers John Buchan and Hilaire Belloc all failed.

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