We have now completed the first qualifying rounds of this fifth annual Jordans Debating Competition. We couldn’t have done this without the expert assistance of Paul Thomas of The Leeds Salon and Debating Matters and his experienced Debating Matters judges David Oxley and Dan Clayton. We have also been really well supported by John Kenealy of the Wakefield Express who helped judge the first mock debates with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) and Claire Lawton of Jolliffe Cork Accountants and Mary Creagh MP who helped judge the second qualifying round debates between Rodillian Academy and Silcoates School.

The first Qualifying round was run as a mock debate as we had a late withdrawal so QEGS got some expert practice in but then had to defend their arguments against the judge and audience so they definitely didn’t have any easy time. Patrick Nutton was awarded best individual following their initial qualifying round and we are looking forward to seeing QEGS in the final.

Oliver Race won the best individual in the second qualifying round and Silcoates won overall and so are also through to the final at The Hepworth on the 9th December.

Mary Creagh MP gave wonderful feedback to all of the debaters and spent time with the contestants afterwards giving specific advice. We are now looking forward to our third qualifying round on the 9th November where we have Wakefield Girls, South Leeds Academy and Woodkirk Academy all competing for the last place in the finals.

                                                                  More information can be found at The Leeds Salon.

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