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Cambridge Schools Debating

On Saturday 11th December, Sixth Former Boe and Ivan (year 11) represented Lingfield College at the Cambridge Union-run Cambridge Schools Debating competition online. It was a long day and they participated in 4 rounds of Parliamentary style debate.

Motions included:

  • 'This house believes that progressive individuals in weak democracies seeking to improve societies should work for corrupt governments.'
  • 'This house believes that we should abolish the use of prisons for non-violent prisoners.'
  • 'This house believes that we should abolish the glorification of resilience.'


Students are only given 15 minutes to prepare for each motion, so it is a very challenging competition. 

The standard of debate was incredibly high and it was a very steep learning curve for all involved, but they did an excellent job of representing Lingfield College and were placed 3rd, 2nd and 3rd, with the final debate a closed result. They didn't progress to the final, but should be even better prepared for the Oxford Schools competition in January, as now they know how it works in practice!