The 4th annual Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Schools and Sixth Form Debating Competition came to a hard fought conclusion on 3rd March 2015 with Robbie Cruikshanks and Oliver Race of Silcoates School Team 1 announced as the winners and Taha Shiwani and Tom Maskill of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Team 2 as the runners-up.
Held at our King Street office and commencing at 5pm the motions debated were “This house is Charlie Hebdo” and ‘This house believes Ched Evans has served his sentence and should be able to play professional football”.
The competition is open to sixth formers from schools and colleges in the Wakefield area and participating this year were; Ackworth School, Ossett Sixth Form Academy, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Silcoates School and Wakefield Girls High School.
Each participant received a certificate, the winners and runners-up recieved book tokens and the winning school received a trophy which has their name engraved on a shield and can be displayed at the school until the 5th annual Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Schools and Sixth Form Debating Competition.
The competition is based on the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) Schools Mace competition and the final was based on points.
Cathy Cook, Head of Company and Commercial at Jordans Solicitors, and who chaired 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.”
We would like to thank the members of the public who attended, teachers and especially all the pupils who participated. For more information please contact Cathy Cook at the Wakefield office on 01924 387110.