News Godolphin win London Sixth Form Debating Competition 04.12.2020

Godolphin debaters are winners! Lower Sixth students Dilia and Ruby came first in the final of the London Online Sixth Form Debating Competition on Wednesday evening.

The competition involved sixteen teams, including students from schools in Barcelona and Los Angeles, and took place over two evenings, with a qualifying round earlier in the term, all hosted and organised by Godolphin. In the final on Wednesday, debaters discussed whether drugs should be legalised, and whether or not Donald Trump should be prosecuted following his departure from office.

Alastair Couldrey, a teacher from Benenden School, said, ‘I was really impressed by the standard, and the Godolphin girls were particularly strong. Having judged them twice and then watched them in the final debate when they were up against Benenden, I thought they were very consistent throughout and clearly very well drilled!’

Godolphin student Ruby said, ‘The competition was a great chance to discuss topical motions with debaters from other schools, and the high standard meant all of the debates were really interesting. Thank you Mr Bell for giving us the opportunity to take part!’

Godolphin’s Head of English and Debating Julian Bell said, ‘It is wonderful to see debating not just continuing but thriving online; it is particularly exciting to be able to debate against students from other countries.’