Sixth Form students enjoy debating success

(Left to right): Jessica Charlesworth, Maria Sutton (Personal Progress Mentor at Barnsley Sixth Form College), Phillippa Matthews, Amber Belk (Academic Ambition Coordinator at Barnsley Sixth Form College) and Lauryn Healey.

(Left to right): Jessica Charlesworth, Maria Sutton (Personal Progress Mentor), Phillippa Matthews, Amber Belk (Academic Ambition Coordinator) and Lauryn Healey.

Four of our students are preparing for the regional final of a national debating competition after succeeding in the South Yorkshire round.

Jessica Charlesworth, Lauryn Healey, Phillippa Matthews and Nathan Phipp-MacIntyre displayed their polished debating skills to winning effect in the South Yorkshire Qualifying Round of Debating Matters held at the University of Sheffield.

Jessica and Nathan won a debate entitled ‘There should be limits to free speech on social media’ against Tapton School, Sheffield before Lauryn and Phillippa triumphed over Chapeltown Academy in a ‘Social egg freezing empowers women’ debate.

The students have progressed into the Yorkshire final of the competition where they will go head-to-head with schools and colleges from across the county early in 2017.

Jessica said: “We enjoyed the experience of the debates and it was great for us to progress into the final. The debates required us to argue the merits of polarised opinions which did not match our own points of view, so it was a good test of our debating abilities.”

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