Debating and Public SpeakingDeveloping important life skills

All Godolphin girls are encouraged to involve themselves in debating and public speaking. It helps them to develop skills in presenting and arguing that will serve them well throughout their lives.

The House competition involves over 100 girls, with three debates taking place every week. These hotly contested and well-researched debates require students to think on their feet. Motions tackle topical issues that ensure the girls engage intelligently with the world around them.

All year groups have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of competitions outside the school, for which they are prepared in weekly training sessions. These include the London Junior Debating League, the London Middle School Debating Competition, and the London Sixth Form Debating Competition, all of them run by Godolphin and Latymer and including all types of schools from across London and beyond, helping to build links between the independent and maintained sectors. The Head of Debating, Julian Bell, is one of the leaders of schools debating in the UK, and is often invited to offer debate training in other schools. A number of students take part in the Model United Nations competition, which cultivates international mindedness as girls speak on behalf of a wide variety of different countries. Girls in Years 9, 10 and 11 enter the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition, learning the skills of chairing a meeting, asking questions and articulating their points.


Participating in the London Junior Debating League has been a fantastic opportunity for our Year 7 and 8 pupils. They really enjoy the competitions and I have definitely seen an increase in their confidence and a big improvement in their public speaking skills over the year.
Judith Parker, Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith