On Tuesday 25 September and Tuesday 2 October students from local primary schools took part in the inaugural Godolphin and Latymer Primary School Debating Competition. On the first evening, they took part in a workshop where they learnt the rules and basic skills of debating, assisted by our sixth form students. Activities included arguing for their choice of household object to defend themselves in the event of a zombie apocalypse. On the second evening, they debated whether zoos should be banned and whether the monarchy should be abolished. The West London Free School carried off the trophy at the end of the evening.
Godolphin’s Head of Debating, Julian Bell, said ‘It was inspiring to see so much talent and enthusiasm on display from the Year 5 and 6 students. There were some very gifted debaters, and I hope we will be seeing more of them in the future, either as students at Godolphin and Latymer, or representing their secondary schools in the London Junior Debating League, the competition for Year 7 and 8 students run by Godolphin for over 20 schools across London.’