Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2015 Final

Monday 11 May 2015 – Leeds Salon hosts the second Headingley Festival of Ideas schools debating competition for years 10&11 pupils.

The first competition in 2014 was a one-off event involving three schools. For 2015 we’ve expanded the competition to include qualifying rounds. However, as Lawnswood School have unfortunately had to pull out, the final will now be between Allerton High and Cardinal Heenan.

15:44 – MOCK DEBATE 1“Nobody has the right not to be offended”

FOR: School Withdrew
AGAINST: Cardinal Heenan Catholic High

Dan Clayton, Documentary Film Maker
Diane Wilson, Leeds City College
Jack Simpson, The State of the Arts

16:45 – MOCK DEBATE 2“Voting should be made compulsory in the UK”

FOR: Allerton High School
AGAINST: School Withdrew

John Willott, Leeds Beckett University
Richard Smyth, Author and Historian
Richard Wilcocks, Headingley Litfest  

17:45 – Break

18:00 – DEBATE 3 DECIDER“The UK must embrace the use of fracking”

FOR: Cardinal Heenan Catholic High
AGAINST: Allerton High School

Dan Clayton, Documentary Film Maker
John Willott, Leeds Beckett University
Patrick Kelly, Educational Needs Consultant

19:15-19:30 – Judge’s Deliberations & Results

WINNERS: Allerton High School – Ben Freeman, Kate Goldrich, Lisa Gould and Sandev Kalsi

BEST INDIVIDUAL: Sally Greaney, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High