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​Three Kings Crowned South West Debating Champions

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Last night three King’s College debaters earned themselves a place at national finals day of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace Debating Competition, the oldest and largest school debating competition for schools.

They were crowned South West Regional Champions after proposing a universal basic income against a strong team from South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury. The other four teams taking part in the final were from QEH in Bristol, Hele’s in Plymouth, Sherborne Girls and St Mary’s Calne.

Competing in two further debates, one about abolishing the House of Lords and the other on giving law enforcement agencies greater powers to access online information.

The winner is the team judged to be the best of the six, and the King’s team of Cameron B, Oliver B and Lucy M were delighted to be crowned winners. They will attend the finals day in London on 23 March.

Oliver Ridley, our Head of Sixth Form said: "I think that learning to debate well is very valuable and I am so pleased that King’s students are developing the skills required – they are also very useful for examinations and in the work place."

He added: "Our team needed to work extremely hard in preparation for last night. The standard of inter-school debating in the South West, and in Taunton itself, is very high, and getting higher all the time."

Cameron and Lucy will also be representing the school at the Oxford Union Schools’ debating finals day later this month.

The last time a King’s team were made South West Champions was in 2017.

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