debating

debatingDebating and public speaking are popular and growing at City of London School for Girls and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

Almost all of the students will have participated in at least one formal debate during the year and about 12 - 18 girls in each year group debate regularly with a number having the opportunity to compete in national tournaments.

Junior debating and Intermediate debating are the training grounds for our competition debaters at Sixth Form level. Debaters meet every week and have the opportunity to participate in a huge range of annual competitions. These include the:

  • English-Speaking Union’s Schools Mace Debating Competition;
  • Oxford & Cambridge Union Schools Competition

We hold friendly contests with the City of London School and London independent schools regularly. There are also residential trips to the Durham Union Schools competitions every year and other opportunities that arise, such as the recent trip to Los Angeles to debate with some of the USA Worlds School team.

The House Debating Cup Competition is held annually and involves several qualifying rounds with the final debate being held in front of the whole school and before a guest adjudicator.

2012 - 2013

CLSG’s strong Debating Team have worked through another stellar year of competitions Winning the English Speaking Union (ESU) World Schools Style Debating tournament in June 2012 (One of the hardest and most prestigious competitions of the debating calendar.)  They also have teams who have progressed though all of the preliminary rounds of both Oxford Schools Debating Competition and Cambridge Schools Debating Competition.

2011 - 2012

This year results were strong in all competitions entered. We reached the Grand Finals of both Bristol and Warwick competitions. Both youth teams progressed to the Finals day of the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD), where we won the prize for best individual speaker and the team came runner's up in the Grand Final. Throughout this year, House competitons were popular events, the motion at the House Debating Final was "This House would abolish the Monarchy", which was judged by Portia Roelofs, a skilled international adjudicator. Two students were selected to train at national level in the England Development Squad.

2010 - 2011

Girls took part in the English-Speaking Union Mace, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Warwick, SOAS, LSE, Nottingham, Pimlico and Bristol competitions, as well as the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) and the Great Tudor Debate. Results were strong across the board; speakers often ranked in the top ten, we reached the Grand Finals of Bristol and Warwick. Both youth teams progressed to the Finals day of ICYD, where we won the prize for best individual speaker and the team came runners-up in the Grand Final.

Throughout the year, we ran House competitions across three age categories, debating a wide range of topics. Our House Debating Final motion was “This House would abolish the monarchy” which was judged by Portia Roelofs, a skilled international adjudicator. Two students were selected to train at national level in the England Development Squad.