School debating and essay competitions launched

This term sees the launch of two important school competitions: the Debating Competition and the 2013 Lloyd Luwdig Prize for International Affairs.

The Debating Competition is an opportunity for students to show off their public speaking skills. We use a formal style of debate, in which two pairs of students discuss a topical issue in front of a group of their peers before the audience (or floor) votes for the strongest team. The tournament is a knockout event, with debates taking place at lunchtime in the early stages and then semi-finals at school assemblies. The final will be decided in front of an audience of parents, teachers and governors on Tuesday 26th March.

The Lloyd Ludwig Prize for International Affairs is the school essay writing competition. Now in its third year, the topic is 'Britain is Broken:  Write a persuasive essay either FOR or AGAINST this opinion, using researched evidence to back up your view.' Students must write independently and creatively in order to succeed. The essays are judged by a panel of governors, teachers and librarians, and the prizes will be given out on the same occasion as the debating final.

Pupils from all year groups are eligible to enter both competitions. More information will be given out through student briefings, booklets and assemblies - they can also check back on the news page for more information as it is added.

Key Dates:

  • Paired students in Years 7-9 must sign up for the debating competition by Friday 15th February
  • Paired students in Years 10-11 must sign up for the debating competition by Friday 1st March
  • The deadline for the essay competition is Friday 15th March
  • The celebration event for both competitions will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 26th March

The competitions are run by Mr. Mason and Miss. Walker. Please contact them through the school if you have any further questions.