Stamford Endowed Schools’ Sixth Form debating team secures place in East Midlands Regional Championship of the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Debating Mace
A school debating team has become one of the top 12 in the country, following success at the East Midlands Regional Final of the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Debating Mace.
The Stamford Endowed Schools’ Sixth Form debating team, comprising of Oliver Fraser, Harry Laventure and Kitty Henderson, participated in the first round of the competition in January against five schools, before taking part in the East Midlands Regional Championship via Zoom in late February.
In the regional championship, the team debated the motion ‘This House believes that national health decisions should be made by a panel of scientific experts rather than Government.’
The team’s arguments won the day, taking them through to the Mace Finals Day later this month, where they will participate in a full day of Zoom calls and prepare two more motions.
Harry Laventure, first speaker in the team, said: “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to reach the Mace Finals.
"Having fallen at the last hurdle before it last year, there’s a shared pride in the group at our improvement, and we are very much excited for the new competition it will bring.”
Kitty Henderson, the team summary speaker, added: “I was very pleased and surprised last night when we found out we made it to the finals day, especially as the standard of the debates were so high. I am very much looking forward to the Mace finals.”