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Sparks Fly at Caldicott's Inter-House Debate 2019

04 November 2019


There was a great deal of excitement at Caldicott this week as the boys participated in the long-awaited Inter-House debating competition. It was five years since the last Inter-House debate, so the English Department and school were delighted to bring it back.

The first motion, debated by McArthur and Jenkins, was ‘Are Extinction Rebellion providing a vital public service?’. The second motion involving Wood and Cooper was ‘Should school exams be abolished?’

The motions were eagerly discussed with the proposition and opposition sides in all the debates demonstrating a large amount of research that had been put in prior to the event and the thought processes behind their arguments for and against the motions. Both debates were opened up to the floor to allow the audience to ask questions and put forward their opinions.

The judge for the evening was Ms Anna Howard, author and Head of English at Beachborough School. The winning teams were the ones who had managed to put forward their arguments in the most persuasive way.

McArthur were able to sway the judge towards their arguments with a great presentation on the first debate with Charlie N from Jenkins was named the most valuable contributor.

For the second debate, which was very tight with only one point separating the two Houses. Cooper was declared the winner and Zain P for Wood being judged as most valuable contributor.


Caldicott's Inter-House Debate