12 Feb 2018: Hagley School crowned Debating Matters Oxford Champions 2018

Worcestershire team victorious after high-level day of debates.

Congratulations to Hagley Catholic High School in Worcestershire who survived a long day of debate to be crowned Debating Matters Oxford Champions 2018 produced in partnership with Immunocore and hosted by Magdalen College School on Thursday 8 February.

Having competed in Debating Matters for several years, students from Hagley were delighted to lift the trophy having impressed judges with their smart arguments and quick thinking throughout the day. Hagley won debates in the group stages arguing we should accept the risks inherent in contact sports and that social media sites should filter out fake news stories. That put them through to face The Holt School in the semi-final, arguing that monuments to controversial historical figures should be taken down. The final proved a close affair with Hagley battling Queen’s School, Bushey, on the issue of medical data sharing. After a fine debate, with fantastic contributions from schools in the audience, the judges announced Hagley the winners.

Though only one team could be overall winners, all the competing schools made interesting and provocative points from the floor throughout the day. Damian Lewens of Queen’s School particularly impressed the judges and was awarded the prize of Best Individual on the day.

Debating Matters would like to thank all 12 competing schools and their teachers: St. Edward’s School, The Holt School, Queen’s School, Kendrick School, Hagley Catholic High School, The Cotswold School, Chosen Hill School, Magdalen College School, Burford School, Ousedale School, The Cherwell School, Oxford International College.

We would also like to extend a big thank you to our partner, world-leading biotech company Immunocore, who offered several impressive judges on the day and helped us write our brand new Topic Guide ‘We should not eat meat’. Thank you also to Magdalen College School for doing a fantastic job hosting the Oxford Championship and making us feel at home. Thank you also to all the judges who gave up their time to help quiz the students.

Next up we’re off to Germany on 28 February for our Berlin Championship in partnership with Freiblickinstitut and The University of Applied Sciences Europe, Berlin.


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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