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No debate over resounding victory

Ridgewood Sixth Form students win first heat in regional debate competition.

On Wednesday 6 March, a group of Year 12 students – Samuel Allen, Jamie Tang, George Garbett, Ellie Croucher, Louis Bennet and Amber Stevenson – participated in the prestigious inter-sixth form Helena Kennedy Centre Debating Competition at Sheffield Hallam University. The students were positively supported and encouraged throughout by their peers from the A level Politics class who also attended the session to observe, accompanied by Mrs Rhodes and Mr Carlin.

The Ridgewood Team competed against Sheffield Park Academy. Our students argued that ‘Fake News should be filtered out of all social media sites’. The students presented their opinions for three minutes each and then worked collaboratively to rebuttal their opposition’s arguments.

The judging panel consisted of two serving solicitors, a Senior Partner in a local law firm, and a Professor of Law from Sheffield Hallam University. They unanimously agreed that Ridgewood won the debate; the judges gave Ridgewood’s team 188 points to the opponent’s 156. The judges praised a wide-range of things, but specifically:

  • The excellent, confident delivery of all our students
  • The effort they had clearly put in to presenting well-researched arguments
  • The way our students counter-argued the points made by their opponents
  • The professional attire worn by both the team and observers.

The Ridgewood Sixth Form Team and the observers conducted themselves in a superb manner.

We now have some further fantastic news to share with you; the Ridgewood Team have successfully gained a place in the second round of heats which will take place in the Moot Court at Collegiate on Friday, May 10. Other Sixth Form Teams also in the second round include:

  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
  • Tapton Team 1 and Team 2.

We will share the result of this heat with you after it has taken place, and wish our students the best of luck against their new opponents.