Oxford Schools Debating

On 6th February, 3 Sixth Form debating teams and 6 Year 10 citizenship students travelled to Sheffield Girls High School to compete in the regional heats of the Oxford Schools Debating Competition. The competition was British parliamentary style debates, a different and more improvised style than we’re used to in Beckfoot debating.

However, our teams rose to the challenge, representing comprehensive schools in challenging motions such as:

This House would ban all testing on animals.


This House would introduce a compulsory current affairs test for all voters.

We were commended for our style, structure, closing speeches and use of historical knowledge in our arguments. Unfortunately only four teams made it through to the finals in Oxford, and we were not among them. However, we found the experience a rewarding and exciting one. We were proud to represent Bradford state schools in this prestigious competition, and we look forward to introducing this style of improvised debate into wider school life  .



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