On Tuesday 19th November the first round of the qualifying heats of the Wakefield Schools and Sixth Form Debating Competition were held in our Wakefield office.

The first debate saw Wakefield College Team One against Silcoates School. Ruby L’anson and Megan Hall from Wakefield College proposed ‘This house would make immunisation compulsory’, James Thornhill and Matthew Irvine opposed this.

Wakefield College Team

Silcoates School

The second debate saw Ossett Academy Sixth Form Team Two against Ackworth School. Gemma Foster and Matt Jackson proposed ‘This house would not allow state funding for religious schools’, Tim Newton and Sandra Martinkova opposed this.

Ossett Academy

Ackworth School

Both debates were closely fought but judge Kevin Rowswell, announced that Silcoates School and Ossett Academy would progress to the semi-final. As we have ten teams competing in total it is also possible that one of the runner up teams will go through and results will be announced following the next round.

We would like to thank all the students who entered, everyone who came along to show their support and judge Kevin Rowswell, North East Regional Development officer from the English Speaking Union.

Chair Cathy Cook said “We are already looking forward to hosting the debates on the 26th November at 5pm when teams from Wakefield Girls, Ossett Academy, Wakefield College and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School will be debating”.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Cathy Cook at the Wakefield office on 01924 387110.

Judges Kevin Rowswell, Susan Lewis and Hugh Skillington

Chair Cathy Cook and Timekeeper Harjeet Nangla

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