Debating Society

We meet every Tuesday at 4pm and at selected lunchtimes throughout the year when skills sessions are organised for our competitive debaters.

The Debating Society has a number of key aims:

  • To encourage public speaking and give the members of the society the tools to become confident, engaging, charismatic and well prepared public speakers.
  • To encourage critical reflection on a wide variety of moral, social and political issues facing modern society and modern Britain.
  • To enable students to grown in their understanding and appreciation of the democratic structure of the UK
  • To encourage our young students to be engaged in the political process and to be able to make rational and well informed judgements regarding the information presented in the political sphere.

As a society we host discussion of current political, social and moral issues in the United Kingdom and abroad. All are welcome from all year groups. This is an activity that would benefit those students who would like to be informed voters, hope to study politics or PPE at university or are simply interested in the world they live in and want to know more about the decision making process.

National Competitions 

The ESU School’s Mace
Oxford Union Debating Competition
Dulwich Debating Competition
Sutton and Croydon UNA Competition
Trinity School Debating League

Other Events

The Society has a show debate  held in G4 every four weeks.
Motions we have debated include:

This House Believes That Animal Experimentation should be banned in all cases
This House Believes that Artificial Intelligence is a threat
This House Believes That Rugby Should be banned in Schools
This House Believes That Britain Should not Leave the EU
This House Believes that Social Media corrupts human interactions
This House Believes that votes in the UK should be weighted in order that the younger the vote, the more powerful it is.

We also attend and watch live debates in London a couple of times each year. Recent events was the debate at the Emmanuel Centre in London where we met Jeremy Paxman!

Contact: Mr Trafford or Mr Gray