The qualifying rounds of our third annual Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Schools and Sixth Form Debating Competition will be held in November.

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. This year’s competition will be judged by the ESU’s North East Regional Development Officer Kevin Rowswell.

The competition is open to sixth formers from schools and colleges in the Wakefield area. Participating this year are Ackworth School, Ossett Academy, Queen Elizabeth Grammer School, Silcoates School, Wakefield College and last years winners Wakefield Girls School.

Cathy Cook, Head of Company and Commercial at Jordans Solicitors in Wakefield, who organised the competition last year 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, Regional Development Officer for the ESU 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.”

The first debates  for the first heat take place on the 19th and 26th November at Jordans  Solicitors Wakefield office, commencing at 5pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided. The semi-final and final will take place in early 2014.

For more information please contact Cathy Cook at the Wakefield office on 01924 387110.

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