The Leeds Salon run an annual school debating competition for years 10&11 pupils, as well as competitions for sixth-forms and colleges.
For our competitions we rely on our growing list of Salon Judges, without whose help none of this would be possible.
If your school, college or company and would like help running your own debating competition, or would like to take part in our annual years 10&11 competition, please contact us at: email@example.com
Annual Years 10&11 Debating Competition
Our annual Years10&11 school debating competition was was first held in 2014 as a one-off event for pupils aged 14-16 years as part of the Headingley Festival of Ideas. From 2015, we expanded the competition to include qualifying rounds to involve more Leeds schools to win a place in the final, held each spring at the HEART Centre, Headingley.
For the 2022 competition, we are pleased to announce that leading local law firm Switalskis Solicitors, sponsors of the final since 2016, are the new Headline Partners of the competition, making it:
The Switalskis / Leeds Salon Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2022
The Qualifying Rounds take place in January and February 2022.
The Tetley Years 10&11 Debating Competition
Between 2016 and 2020, Leeds Salon ran the Tetley debating competition for years 10&11 pupils from south and central Leeds schools. As well as competing to be crowned Tetley Champions, the winners would go on to compete in the final of the Headingley FoI Years 10&11 competition against the north Leeds qualifying round winners.
Other competitions we’ve run include: Lawnswood School Summer Competition in 2014; the Ralph Thoresby School Debating Competition as part of Headingley LitFest in 2015; Jordans Solicitors Wakefield Sixth-Form Competition in 2015 & 2016; the first ever competition between Leeds City College & Leeds College of Building in 2016; Lightcliffe Academy (Halifax) Summer Sixth-Form Competition in 2016; South Leeds Academy Christmas Debating Competition in 2016; ‘Debate Outwood’ sixth-form competition in 2017 involving schools from the Outwood Grange Academy chain; Gateacre School (Liverpool) Sixth-Form Debate in 2017; the NHS Digital/Debating Matters Sixth-Form Competition at Thackray Medical Museum in 2018; the first ever Bolton Sixth-Form College Debating Competition in 2019; and the second ‘Debate Outwood’ competition in 2019, this time for years 10&11 students.