Competing against Esher College and Emanuel School
Last night three teams of students from South West London schools convened on Esher College, Thames Ditton, vying for a place in the regional finals of the UK’s toughest debating competition. After an evening of hard-fought debate, Tiffin School were victorious, having triumphed over Esher College and Emanuel School. The schools discussed diverse issues such as sex selective abortion and the television licence fee. The competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the London South region and nationally by primary funder the Wellcome Trust.
Regarded as the toughest debating competition in the UK, debaters had to prove they could answer the tough questions to claim the top prize, as Tiffin School did. A brilliant speech alone will not suffice in the competition which tests students’ knowledge, as well as their public speaking skills.
Students enjoyed making contributions to the debates from the floor as well as speaking on the panels. Madeleine Constance from Esher College particularly impressed the judges with her sharp contributions from the floor and was named Best Individual.
During the debates students were grilled by a group of expert judges and professionals from across Wandsworth and South London. Judges included Charlotte Vere, executive director, Girl’s School Association; Elizabeth Lynch, Sexology Season producer, Wellcome Trust; Greg Lowden, global policy manager, HSBC; Jenny Paton, creative partnerships manager, Wellcome Trust; and Trevor Morris, professor in public relations, Richmond University.
October 23, 2015