Teams through to the next round in two competitions

Date published: Thu 2 Feb 2017   Author: HLH/ADF   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email



Sixth form students from The Bishop’s Stortford High School have achieved outstanding results in two national debating competitions.

Charles Lockie and Tiegan Meadows (both in Year 12) have qualified for Finals Day of the Oxford Union Schools’ Debating by finishing in the top five out of 36 teams from East Anglia and beyond. Taking part in two debates focussing on torturing terrorist suspects and renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent, Tiegan and Charles were placed ahead of teams from, amongst others, Uppingham School, the Perse School, Oundle and Bedford Modern School, to earn the chance of competing at Oxford against teams from overseas and all over Britain.

In the English Speaking Union Mace competition Year 13 students Josh Weight and Henry Stuart-Turner opposed the idea of making all criminal defence lawyers state employed, defeating Ipswich School, Chelmsford County High School and Sir Charles Kao UTC to reach the East of England Regional Final.

Retired teacher Tony Fraser commented “This is the third successive year that we have reached the ESU regional final, but it is at least 12 years since a TBSHS team progressed to Oxford Finals Day. Our speakers prepared their cases thoroughly and spoke with great confidence and passion, earning praise from adjudicators and opponents for the quality and ingenuity of their arguments. Congratulations to all of them for their fantastic achievements.”