Repton School debaters, Lucas (L6P) and Eloise (U6M), have won their qualifying round of the English-Speaking Union Schools (ESU) Debating Competition. The qualifying round was hosted at Repton School and, along with Repton, three other schools took part: Denstone College, Newcastle Under Lyme School and Bishops Vesey’s Grammar School.
The ESU Mace Competition is an annual debating competition founded in 1957. Schools from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are eligible to enter one team consisting of two debaters.
Lucas and Eloise gave passionate and very well-argued speeches on why we should pay politicians much more than the median wage in their country. These speeches, along with Lucas' convincing summary speech, means that Repton have qualified for the next round of the ESU Mace Competition.
Mr Alastair Couldrey, Head of Politics at Repton School, commented: “It was a joy to host such a high quality competition and the judges remarked on the high standards of debating shown by all four schools. Congratulations also to Newcastle Under Lyme School who qualified through the round too. Their speakers argued persuasively that E-sports should not be made part of the Olympics. Many thanks to the judges: Aaron Bell and Eleanor Bryant, for providing such useful feedback.”