Prep Schools’ Debating Competition

Last weekend saw Marlborough College host three Prep schools (Farleigh School, St Hugh’s School, and Ashfold School) for a debating workshop and inner-school competition.

Aided by some of the College’s most distinguished debaters (including two past winners of the competition), pupils were put through their paces during a two-hour debating and public speaking workshop in the College’s Garnett Room History Library.

The highlight of the day came in the afternoon when six pupils took part in a large debate on the motion: ‘This House believes books have become redundant in schools’. The judge, Richard Willmett, Teacher of Politics at the College, rightly commended each pupil on their exceptional performance and judged Farleigh pupil Tristan Evans to be this years winner (thus affording Farleigh with the Best School award). In addition, Angus McIntyre (Ashfold) and Seb Pease (St Hugh’s) were given ‘highly commended’ awards. Congratulations must however be given to every pupil; the art of public speaking and debating is not an easy skill and I was thoroughly impressed by their attitude, wisdom and whit.

Will Molyneux

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