The qualifying rounds of our fourth annual Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Schools and Sixth Form Debating Competition will be held in on the 12th and 18th November. The competition is open to sixth formers from schools and colleges in Wakefield and the surrounding districts. Competing this year are teams from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Silcoates, Ossett Academy, Wakefield Girls High School and Ackworth.

The competition is based on the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) Schools Mace competition and Jordans have been supported by the ESU since the competitions inception.

Cathy Cook, Head of Company and Commercial, who organises the competition commented: “Debating is an amazing way to encourage life skills in analysis and public speaking while engaging young people in contemporary social and political issues. The competitions are hard fought and entertaining to watch as the standard is always very high among all the participants. Jordans takes pride in investing in the local community through hosting events which bring different schools together.”

Kevin Rowswell, the ESU judge last year said, “It is excellent that standards for public debate established in The Schools Mace have been used as the basis for this locally sponsored competition. We hope that teams participating in competitions such as this will eventually be able to integrate with our National Competition and so progress to ESU Regional and National competitions.”

You can find more information on the 3rd annual debating competition final here. Friends and family of the students as well as members of the public are welcome to attend.


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