Year 10 students, Max and Laura, have made it through the qualifying rounds to reach the Final of the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) which is to be held on the 28th April at Oxford University.
They beat a number of other schools in the South East Regional Round of the International Competition for Young Debaters which was held on the 24th March. They took part in 3 preliminary debates which saw them go through to a Regional Final on the day. They were one of only two teams who qualified to go on to the International Final at Oxford University.
ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters) is a debating competition in the British Parliamentary Format that was set up to encourage younger students to take up debating and to give them a chance to debate against students of their own age, with motions more suited to them. It is open to all students in Year 10 and below. There are numerous regional rounds across the globe, with the best teams from each round being invited to compete at Finals’ Day.
Peter Shears, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for more-able students, said: “Congratulations to Max and Laura! They did exceptionally well, winning debates against many of the South East’s leading state and independent schools. They can be very proud indeed of having done so well in such a challenging and demanding competition.”