St Peter's School
St Peter’s Debating Society sees pupils tackle topical, controversial and sometimes satirical topics to develop their research, debating and public speaking skills.
In 2018, St Peter's was awarded the ESU Debating Culture Award.
Our Inter House Debating competition runs throughout the first term and is split into two separate competitions - Junior (for Third and Fourth Forms) and Senior (Fifth and Sixth Forms). This gives all pupils the opportunity to work with others in their Houses from different year groups,
Teams are made up of three pupils, each required to give a speech, either proposing or opposing a given motion. The pupils have a week to work together to research the motion and pull together their arguments before writing their speeches.
The changing political climate has inspired numerous debates, ranging from Donald Trump to an independent Yorkshire, in front of an always-supportive crowd of pupils and teachers.
The society also holds an annual debating dinner and holds mock leadership elections to coincide with national events.
The Inter House Debating Competition has always proved popular with students as many have discovered that they enjoy stating a point and then explaining and developing that argument. The structure allows pupils to combine the development of debating skills with research about contemporary social issues.