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Debating Success for Sixth Formers

Stamford High School Debate TeamTeams from Stamford School and Stamford High School put their debating skills to the test when they competed recently in an inter-schools contest.

Teams of two pupils from six local schools took part in the first round of The English-Speaking Union schools’ debating competition, hosted at Stamford School on 17 November.

The teams had prepared to speak on one of three motions: This House would make organ donation compulsory, This House would randomly test school pupils for illegal drugs and This House would assassinate dictators. 

The judges for the evening were parole board member Bill Mayne, Claire Thorley, headteacher of St Gilbert’s Primary School and Eileen Green, Editor of “The Stamford Mercury”. They judged the teams on the strength of their arguments, their delivery and the way they responded to the opposition.

The winners were the teams from Stamford School (Anish Dattani and Charles Griffin) and Stamford High School (Francesca Riley and Nadia Allen). They will both go through to the next round of the competition, to be held in February.

Joseph Begley, a year 9 pupil at Stamford School, chaired all three debates, ably assisted by Adam Cooper, Matthew Dowley and Matthew Kew. Other year 9 boys, all keen members of the year 9 debating society, contributed to a lively floor debate.