Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2016 Final

Wednesday 23 March 2016 – Leeds Salon hosts the third Headingley Festival of Ideas schools debating competition for years 10&11.

This year’s finalists are made up of the three Festival of Ideas qualifying round winners, and the winners of the new Tetley 2016 competition for south and central Leeds schools – making it an all-Leeds event for the first time.

Event Sponsors: Switalskis Solicitors
Prize Sponsors: Headingley Festial of Ideas and Hyde Park Picture House

15:40 – DEBATE 1“We Need to Build on the Green Belt”

FOR: Mount St Mary’s
AGAINST: Allerton High School

Sally Bavage, Headingley LitFest
Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon
Patrick Kelly, Leeds City Council

16:45 – DEBATE 2“The UK Should Introduce a Levy on Sugary Drinks”

FOR: Abbey Grange Academy
AGAINST: Cardinal Heenan Catholic High

Cathy Cook, LCF Law
Dave Oxley, The Leeds Salon
Diane Wilson, Leeds City College

17:45 – Break

18:00 – FINAL“We Should Welcome the Advent of Genome Editing”

FOR: Allerton High School
AGAINST: Abbey Grange Academy

Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon
Susan Grant-Muller, University of Leeds
Michael Meadowcroft, Former Leeds West MP

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

WINNERS: Allerton High School – Chani Kandola-Wade, Gurneeka Chana, Martha Amirahmadi, Melissa Mace all received cinema tickets to Hyde Park Picture House and copies of the Oxford Very Short Introduction to the Enlightenment.

RUNNERS-UP: Abbey Grange Academy

BEST INDIVIDUAL: Darragh Kennedy, Cardinal Heenan – being received a family ticket to Thackray Medical Museum and a copy of the Oxford very Short Introduction to Philosophy.