Debating Report - SOAS

Debating Competition at the School of Oriental and African Studies

Date published: Thu 8 Feb 2018   Author: HLH/ADF   Category: Publicity   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email



Students from the Bishop’s Stortford High School have achieved very pleasing results in recent inter-school debating competitions. In a gruelling all-day event held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, involving 80 teams from schools all over the South of England, including Eton, Westminster and Dulwich, sixth formers Leah Bartram and Millie Mitchell (both appearing in their first ever debating competition) reached the Novices’ Final against stiff opposition from 25 other teams.   Speaking in their fifth debate of the day, each of which involved only 15 minutes’ preparation time, they gave a very good account of themselves but were defeated by eventual winners St Paul’s Girls’ School.




Fellow sixth formers Charles Lockie and Tiegan Meadows represented the school in the second round of the English Speaking Union Mace, the oldest and probably most prestigious competition for schools. Opposing the motion “This House Would Allow Upper Rate Taxpayers to Redirect a Significant Proportion of Their Taxes to Charities of Their Choice”, they finished second behind Westcliff High School for Boys, but narrowly beat the Perse School and also defeated three other schools to reach the Eastern Region Final.


Retired teacher and team coach Tony Fraser commented, “These are great results, which the students involved have worked very hard to achieve. This is the fourth year in succession that TBSHS has reached the ESU Regional final, but the SOAS event was a new competition, to which we took five teams. We are very proud of the fact that, in the past month, no fewer than 17 students have represented us over four different debating competitions. They all performed with great spirit and good humour and were a credit to themselves and their families”