Impressive team wins debating competition

Students prepare to debate in the Cherwell Democracy Challenge
Students prepare to debate in the Cherwell Democracy Challenge

Students from The Cooper School, in Bicester, were the winners in a district-wide 
debating contest.

Six schools from across Cherwell competed in the competition held at Cherwell District Council to celebrate democracy, as part of Parliament Week.

Along with Banbury Academy, Gosford Hill School, Sibford School, The Warriner School and Tudor Hall School, The Cooper School competed in two rounds on local and national issues. Teams were judged by councillors and members of Cherwell’s democratic services team.

After the two finalists were announced, the remaining schools took part in a Question Time-style event with MP Victoria Prentis, councillors and managing director of Banbury Sound Paul Angus, on the subject of international security and terrorism.

For the final round, The Cooper School team of Chris Guttridge, Niall Murphy, Joel Reynolds, and Ben Stoddart were pitted against Tudor Hall in the council chamber, to debate the motion “This House believes that only clever young people have a right to learn”.

Victoria Prentis said: “The two finalists led a very impressive debate, equalling one another with regard to drive, persuasiveness, style, and clarity.

It really was the vote from the audience that decided the winner – no truer a sign of democracy in action.”