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Worth reaches national debating finals

Tue, Mar 1st, 2022
Worth School

Many congratulations to eight members of our Senior Debating Society who have qualified from the regional finals of the Cambridge Ethics Cup and will now compete in the national finals at the University of St Andrews in May.

The Worth team travelled to King’s College, London, last Thursday to take part in the regional competition which featured 12 schools from London and the South East competing in a day of ethical debate.

Each school had to compete against two different schools in the morning with only four teams progressing to the semi-finals in the afternoon. This was the first time Worth had entered this competition and the debates were in a different style to any other competition the School had entered before. The quality of competition was very high but Worth began well by winning the first debate against Lady Eleanor Holles School. The second debate against Bentley Wood School was a tie, but Worth’s scores were stronger than the other teams in the group so the School progressed to the semi-finals in the afternoon.

In the semi-finals Worth came up against a strong Christ’s Hospital team who won the debate and went on to win the regional final. However, Worth students performed superbly and this was perhaps our best debate of the day.

This left the team in good stead for the final debate against Harrow in the third place match and Worth won this debate to finish third overall which is a phenomenal achievement. Even more exciting news followed the next day when we learned that the first, second and third placed teams will all go forward to the final at St Andrews in Scotland on 31 May.

Thanks go to Mr Bindloss and Mr Everest who helped the students to develop a rudimentary understanding of ethics so that they could begin to formulate an ethical framework in preparation for the competition.

Finally, huge congratulations to the eight students themselves on this fabulous achievement.

Debating is one of the many societies we offer here at Worth.

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