The final topics were “This house supports positive discrimination” proposed by Joshua Skipworth and Julian Ostrowski of QEGS and Opposed by Hannah Warwicker and Alex Cruikshanks of Silcoates and “This house believes an unelected head of state should have no place in Twentieth Century Britain” proposed by Joe Gerrard and Joe Irvin of Ossett Academy and opposed by Max Grunewald and Oliver Hyde of QEGS.
Cathy Cook, head of company and commercial at Jordans Solicitors, Wakefield, commented “The standard of debating was extremely high for a school debating competition and there were only 5 marks difference between the winning and losing teams.
The overall winners were Hannah Warwicker and Alex Cruikshanks of Silcoates school with Joshua Skipworth and Julian Ostrowski of QEGS in second place.
Fortunately we didn’t have to judge alone as once again the English Speaking Union supported us by providing a member of the Sheffield University Debating Society to help.
We thoroughly enjoyed supporting this competition and watching the participants grow in confidence and ability over the progress of the competition and very much look forward to next year’s competition.”