The final of the fifth annual Jordans Solicitors Debating Competition took place on Wednesday 9th November at The Hepworth, Wakefield.

The final teams were from Woodkirk Academy, QEGS and Silcoates School debating topics as diverse as the advantages of Gentrification, the advantages (or not) of HS2 and whether vaccination should be compulsory. The standard of debating was extremely high and each team won a debate however the overall winners were the team from Silcoates comprising Rory Ells, Zara Dumford, Oliver Race and Peter Moon, pictured below.

(from l-r) - Rory Ellis, Zara Dumford, Oliver Race and Peter Moon

We have been extremely grateful to our external judges who gave up their time to help judge and provide feedback and included John Kenealy, Editor of the Wakefield Express, Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, Kevin Trickett, President of Wakefield Civic Society and Lauren A Wright Director of Programming at the Hepworth.

This years competition was run with the help of Paul Thomas of The Leeds Salon and our finalists will go through to the regional Debating Matters final at the Tetley in Leeds in February. We were delighted that Justine Brian of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters was also able to join us as a judge and she commented that the standard of debating in Wakefield was equal to that of any she has seen this year.

Lynn Durham, Managing Partner of Jordans Solicitors said “Jordans are delighted to encourage sixth formers in Wakefield to debate serious issues in a format where their opinions are challenged and taken seriously. This is the fifth year we have been running this competition and it is great to see the interest in debating increasing and the confidence and ability of the young people taking part. “

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