Debating Team Success

As part of the wide range of extra-curricular activities provided by staff, students from the Alton College Debating teams recently competed against the best teams in the UK and overseas in two prestigious competitions: The Oxford Schools Final and the Imperial College Schools tournament.

Aga Slusarska, previously at Mill Chase Academy and Lucy Bayliss, previously at Amery Hill School represented the college in the Oxford Union final on Saturday 10th March, held at the prestigious Oxford Union. The best teams from around the country plus the Netherlands and Slovenia debated four intense rounds, motions such as ‘this house, as a parent would ban Tiger parenting'. They did exceptionally well and although not placed in the top positions had a wonderful experience.

On Saturday 17th March two teams travelled to Imperial College London to compete in their tournament. Lucy Bayliss, Aga Slusarska, Peter Baillie and Olivia Welch competed against schools from across the country. The motions included ‘This house believes that the narrative of meritocracy has done more harm than good for social mobility’.

Peter and Olivia had tough competition being placed second in two of their debates; a wonderful achievement considering this was their first debating competition.

Lucy and Aga’s performances were incredible and they were placed in the final. The judges commended Alton and declared it a highly contested debate. Alton just lost out on being placed first by Eton. 

The debating team have had a very successful season and will be looking to expand in the next academic year. Any current or future students who enjoy the intellectual challenge of debate, and would like to compete against some of the most prestigious teams in the country and overseas, get in touch.