Debaters Visit Cambridge Union
On Thursday 3rd March, a group of sixth formers attended a debate at the Cambridge Union, the oldest debating union in the world.
The Cambridge Union has often been viewed as a society that informs and engages with the world’s wider concerns, and the evening proved to be no exception.
The motion before the house was ‘This House believes that violence is a legitimate form of political expression.’ As part of a full chamber, the Stamford Endowed Schools students were able to participate in a key topical debate, engaging with leading academic speakers in areas such as, conflict resolution, human rights and theology.
The academics were supported by speakers with first-hand experience in both recording and resolving conflict, including Sky News political editor Sam Kiley and Lord Alderdice, a seminal influence in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Sam Kiley remarked: “It’s great to see your pupils here to experience this debate. It’s so important that our future leaders tackle these issues early on and what better place than the Cambridge Union?”
Stamford School staff member Karen Leetch, said, “Many thanks to the Cambridge Union Society, for their generous welcome. We look forward to many return visits in the future.”