Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup
The Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup is the culmination of our Core Programme.
A national competition in which all of our 140 schools compete, it consists in regional rounds held at universities in London (LSE), Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, every March.
The regional winners then take part in a Grand Final, held at the end of the academic year at a prestigious central London venue.
The 2011 Grand Final was chaired by David Miliband MP, the former Foreign Secretary, and received coverage in the Guardian.
Artemis Urban Debate League
The Artemis Urban Debate League is a cumulative tournament which takes place over three rounds across the country, and concludes with a finals-day competition for the top eight schools in the league.
Students prepare for rounds in their regular after-school clubs, and then attend rounds at host schools in their area.
Those students who are not speaking in debates are encouraged to make points from the floor before the final speakers on each team make summary speeches.
Our Debate Mate Plus students are also prepared for external debating competitions run by schools and universities.
Our recent successes in such competitions speaks volumes for the quality of the training our top mentors, who are also successful competitive debaters, provide.
In 2011-12, our debaters have reached the final of Dulwich Schools, LSE Schools and SOAS Schools; most significantly, a Debate Mate Plus team won the Imperial College Schools competition.
Our students have also acquitted themselves impressively at university tournaments, reaching the quarter finals of the Oxford Women’s IV and the LSE Open.