Seen here judging a lower school debating competition, Sammie Audini and Joe Lovell-McNamee have every right to be using their judging expertise as they were overall victors at this year’s Lancaster University Schools Debating competition.

Urmston Grammar entered numerous competitors, who pitted their wits against students from across the country. The competition took place on Saturday the 14th November. Teams of two debaters competed all day, taking part in four rounds of Parliamentary style debating, modelled on the debates in the House of Commons. Urmston Grammar entered three teams of debaters – with Joanne McNulty, Heather Rydings, Angela Zhang and Anudeep Ayinaparthi and Alex Chi competing in a national competition for the first time.

Our more experienced Year 13 Debating team, comprised of Joe Lovell-McNamee and Sammie Audini, made the final by winning or scoring highly in all of their opening round debates. In the final they beat a team from Royal Grammar School in Clitheroe and two teams form the Bradford Grammar School, debating a motion on whether EU countries should be forced to accept more refugees. All our debaters impressed the judges – all experienced national and world debaters at University level, but Sammie and Joe stood out as worthy winners of a hotly contested competition.

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