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Posted on: June 30th 2016

Oxford Union Debate

On Tuesday 28th June four teams from Marlborough Sixth Form went to the Oxford Union to compete in the 2016 Magdalen College School Debating Championship.

Going head to head with schools from across the county, our students gave an excellent account of themselves in what was their first taste of competitive debating in the British Parliamentary style. With four teams challenging in each debate, Marlborough won four motions on the day.

Josie Gillingwater and Jessica Warner-Buttery took first place twice, and twice came runners up. They were really unfortunate to miss out on a place in the evening’s final, in front of a paying audience, being edged out narrowly on points by teams from St Edwards and Cheney. Ranked right behind them on points scored were M Kavanagh and Abi Teasdale, who also put in a number of outstanding and outspoken performances.

Will Hawtin and Helen Ridout managed to win their final debate in the main debating chamber (‘This House would abolish private education’). Tom Goymer and Molly Capel made another strong pairing who, like the rest, represented the school really well when taking up their positions on benches once warmed by Roy Jenkins, Benazir Bhutto and Malcolm X.

The surroundings were totally intimidating, but the debating made up for it!

(Helen Ridout)

It was an interesting and challenging day in a beautifully historic setting.

(Jessica Warner-Buttery)