With more stories in the press regarding the health damages of vaping, and the seizing of illegal vapes, our Year 9s were keen to get stuck into a lively debate on whether ‘Vaping should be banned in the UK’ as part of this week’s Focus Week Debate Competition tied to the theme of World Health Day.

Despite a few last-minute nerves, the debating teams demonstrated excellent debating skills and showed off their independent research skills.

This time, the team from Seward House won the debate, with the Darwin team a close second. Well done to the Seward team: Josh Hill, Alfie Bedlow, Dan Hood and Kian Edwards!

The debates were judged by school governors Lyse Edwards and Greg Sugden along with school librarian, Helena Cresswell. The most valuable debaters were chosen as Alfie Bedlow (Seward) and Francis Shaw (Darwin).

Sam Sullivan, Assistant Headteacher, said: “The students engaged in a lively and passionate debate covering a wide range of different arguments. Well done to all involved.”