This month Sixth Form Colleges from around the Wakefield District went head to head for the first heats of our Wakefield Schools Debating Competition. Ossett Academy, Pontefract New College, Silcoates School, QEGs, Wakefield Girls Grammar School and St-Wilfrids all took part in the competition. The event was supported by the English Speaking Union and was hosted locally in our Wakefield office.

Debating is an incredibly valuable skill and the practise actively encourages critical evaluation of current affairs. The topics covered in the first heats stayed true to this, and there were some incredibly strong arguments were put forward on all debates. Needless to say, no unanimous decisions were reached! The first heats were judged on a win or lose basis. Those who will be going through to the next round are: Julian Ostrowski and Max Hird of QEGS; Oliver Townly and Matthew Curran of Silcoates; Josh Skipworth and Max Grunewald of QEGS; Sohie Aldred and Claire Robinson of Wakefield Girls; Phoebe Crossland and Mayowa Irelewuyi of Wakefield Girls; Ben Cook and Robert Lambert of New College Pontefract.

These winners all go through to the semi-final which will be held on 7 February. The final heat will then be held on February the 28th.

The event is a great learning experience for everyone involved and the competition is regarded highly by schools and universities alike.

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