Year 11 look part in the second of a series of debates running across the year and involving students of all ages.

The Year 11 debate, which coincided with White Ribbon Week, asked whether International Men’s Day was a token gesture, or a worthwhile and important event.

Darwin (58 points) took first place, narrowly holding off competition from Garrick (48 points) in their head-to-head. This debate especially was of superb quality, with both teams thoroughly prepared and confident in making their case.

There were many strong individual performances, but independent judges ultimately chose Emily Turner and Rebecca Oatley as ‘Most Valuable Debaters.’ There was also an honourable mention for Will Moseley from the judges.

Johnson (55 points) took second place overall, by virtue of their success over Seward (37 points) in their head-to-head.

Points were awarded for making valid points, demonstrating independent research, avoiding repetition, and making coherent rebuttals.

School Librarian Mrs Cresswell chaired proceedings and was very impressed with the standard of debating on display. One quote was especially memorable. Emily Turner said argued that International Men’s Day was ultimately “about community and inclusivity.”

Other students who took part in the debates included: Grace Williams, Ryan Tovey, Lily Spanner, Millie Faulkner, Caitlyn Wright, Holly Clements, Liam Davies, Freya Laurence, Elisse Armitage, Megan Jones, Evie Hulme, Matt Mellor and Keean Hopwood.

Mark Drury, Assistant Headteacher, said: “It was great that Year 11 maintained the high standard of this year’s debates. They performed brilliantly despite a limited amount of time preparing due to their recent mock exams. ”

The baton now passes to Year 9, whose debate takes place next week.