Debating News

The sixth form debating team have won the first round of the Debating Matters competition and they are now through to the regional final in March.


Debating matters is a nationwide debating competition for sixth form students run by the institute of ideas. “The focus is on content and substance over style, encouraging young people to engage in an intelligent contest of ideas and holding up their ideas to critical scrutiny.” This involves students preparing and argument for or against the motion the are given and then defending their argument against challenges from a panel of judges. The judges are all experts in their fields, the panel included Simon McVicker, (CIPR) Shyama Perera, (Writer & Broadcaster), Abi Barber, (British Library) and Andreas Wesemann, (Ashcombe Advisers LLP) .Debaters also take questions from the audience and the other team.


The debating team took part in the qualifying round on Tuesday 17th of November. Sophie in year 13 and Amanzhol in year 12 won their debate against St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls (a leading school in gifted and talented provision) against the motion - "A secular society should not prevent people from acting on their religious beliefs".  Sam and Tom (both in year 13) won against David Game College (an independent school) for the motion "Childhood vaccinations should be compulsory"


One of the judges commented this debate was the best he had seen in three years at debating matters. The competition was tough and the judges were harsh so we’re extremely proud of the student’s achievement. Their arguments were very well researched and their responses to questions were excellent.


We look forward to future debating events such as the regional final and to building on our debating success in future years. 


Huge Congratulations to Miss Edwards, who has worked really hard with the group