The Leeds Salon runs annual school debating competitions for years 10&11 pupils, as well as 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 any of the below competitions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition
Headingley Festival of Ideas was first held in May 2014, and as part of the festival Leeds Salon hosted a school debating competition for years 10&11 pupils (ages 14-16 years) as a one-off event. 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.
HFoI Qualifying Rounds 2020
HFoI Yrs 10&11 Final: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
The Tetley Years 10&11 Debating Competition
Since 2016, Leeds Salon has hosted the annual 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 go on to compete in the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 against the north Leeds qualifying round winners. 2020 was the final competition.
Past debating competitions we’ve run include: Lawnswood School Summer Competition in 2014; the Ralph Thoresby School Debating Competition in 2015 as part of Headingley LitFest; 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’ in competition in 2019, this time for years 10&11.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020, Leeds Salon will run the second Bolton Sixth-Form Debating Competition involving sixth-form colleges from the Greater Manchester region.
The Leeds Salon has also run many debate training events in Leeds schools and colleges.