John Hampden Grammar School

Marlow Hill High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 1SZ

“HGS is, simply put, an outstanding boys’ grammar school and one I feel enormously privileged to lead. The ethos, developed over many generations, is unique. It is based upon mutual respect, high expectations and support for one another. At JHGS we aim for excellence in everything we do, be it academic performance, sporting or cultural achievement or the way we develop leadership and team skills. Exceptional standards, breadth, balance and self-confidence typify JHGS students. We are proud of our commitment to boys’ education, structuring our lessons and provision to meet the specific needs and uncover the potential of our young men. Almost all our students stay at the school to complete A Levels where we consistently dominate national and local league tables. In 2010, for example, we were placed 8th nationally for value added performance at A Level. Ofsted “outstanding”, the award of three specialisms, the Green Flag, the competitions we win, the annual world tours and expeditions we undertake, the musical productions we produce are all testament to the success of the school.”



Qualifying Round: Oxfordshire 2011/12

DEBATE: Nuclear Power

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Embryo Screening

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2015/16


Regional Final: South 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Regional Final: South 2015/16

DEBATE: Genome Editing

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2016/17

DEBATE: Autonomous vehicles

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2016/17

DEBATE: Contact sports

Regional Final: South 2016/17

DEBATE: Political Parties

Regional Final: South 2016/17

DEBATE: Trigger warnings

Regional Final: South 2016/17

DEBATE: Health monitoring

Championship: London North 2018

DEBATE: Fake News

Championship: London North 2018

DEBATE: Prison violence


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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