Welcome to The Leeds Salon

The Leeds Salon is a public discussion forum founded in February 2009. The Salon organises discussions around political, cultural and scientific issues, with the aim of challenging any orthodoxies along the way, defending and developing the legacy of the Enlightenment and, above all, providing a space where free speech can take place. Find out more.

salon & school debating news

Abbey Grange Academy

Congratulations Abbey Grange Academy

Congratulations Abbey Grange CofE Academy for winning the first qualifying round of The Switalskis / Leeds Salon Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2022. Commiserations, but well done too to new-comers UTC Leeds. Congratulations also to Maddie Wells (centre right) of Abbey Grange for being nominated ‘Best Individual’ by Daniel Howard, Emily Kennett & Robert Davies of Switalskis Solicitors. Thank you to our panel judges Dan Clayton, Simon Cooke and Michele Ledda.

The next salon will be spring 2022

The Switalskis / Leeds Salon Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2022

In January 2022, the qualifying rounds will take place for our annual years 10&11 debating competition, previously part of Headingley Festival of Ideas.

For the 2022 competition, we are pleased to announce that leading local law firm Switalskis Solicitors are the new Headline Partners, having previously been event sponsors for the final since 2016.

For the 2022 final, we are also pleased to announce that Thackray Medical Museum will be our new Venue Partner, hosting the final in late March 2022.

Headline Partner

Switalskis Solicitors

Venue Partner

Thackray Medical Museum

Prize Sponsors

To be announced.