14 March 2016
Students celebrate success at the Oxford Schools Debating Final
Well done to Isabel McGrady and Miles Caven who had an exciting day at the historic Oxford Union on Saturday 12 March, where they won two of their four debates, putting them 27th out of the 100 teams who made it to the National Final from the Regional Heats held across the UK and internationally.
As individual speakers, both placed in the top 25%. This is a really impressive achievement, particularly as both Issy and Miles only started debating in this academic year.
The motions – all prepared in 15 minutes with no access to the internet – they debated were:
· This House Would financially compensate all people found not guilty at trial· This House Would make oil and gas companies cover the costs of public policies to combat climate change· This House Believes That teachers should tell students they can achieve anything they want through hard work regardless of innate talent· In post-conflict states, This House Would bar individuals with a history of using violence for political ends from running for office