Sixth-Form Debating Competition 2023

in Partnership with The Leeds Salon

Thursday 16th November 2023

The competition uses the format and topic guides of Debating Matters, and is also include as a DM20for20 event, one of 20 events to mark Debating Matters’ 20th anniversary.


15:30 – Debate 1 – “Corporate sponsorship is good for the arts”  

FOR: Abbey Grange CofE Academy
AGAINST: Notre Dame Catholic Sixth-Form College

Annabel Carington, Carington Creative
Florence Symington, Royal Armouries Museum
Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon

16:40 – Debate 2 – “Skills gap: To many people are going to university”

FOR: Grammar School at Leeds
AGAINST: Abbey Grange CofE Academy

Simon Kay OBE
, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Geoff Kidder, Debating Matters
Rebecca Lowe, Royal Armouries Museum

17:45 – Break

18:00 – Debate 3 – “Western museums should repatriate culture artefacts”

FOR: Notre Dame Catholic Sixth-Form College
AGAINST: Grammar School at Leeds

Annabel Carington
, Carington Creative
Nat Edwards, Royal Armouries Museum
Geoff Kidders, Debating Matters

19:10-19:30 – Judge’s Deliberations & Results


WINNING SCHOOL: Grammar School at Leeds

BEST INDIVIDUAL PRIZE: Hannah de Dombal, Grammar School at Leeds


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