29 Mar 2018: Ilkley Grammar School win through at Debating Matters Yorkshire Championship

Team from West Yorkshire victorious after brilliant day of debate at Leeds Beckett University produced in partnership with the Leeds Salon

Congratulations to Ilkley Grammar School who won through to to be crowned Debating Matters Yorkshire Champions 2018 hosted by Leeds Beckett University and supported by Leeds Salon on Wednesday 28 March.

A new school to Debating Matters, students from Ilkley Grammar School were delighted to lift the trophy having impressed judges with their smart arguments and quick thinking throughout the day. Ilkley won debates in the group stages arguing driverless cars will make the roads safer and that we should expect privacy online. That put them through to face Abbey Grange Academy in a tough semi-final, on whether we should build on the green belt. Having made it through, the final proved a close affair with Ilkley battling Harrogate Grammar School on whether populism was a threat to democracy. After a fine debate, with fantastic contributions from schools in the audience, the judges announced Ilkley 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.

Debating Matters would like to thank all competing schools and their teachers: Abbey Grange Academy, John Leggott College, Ilkley Grammar School, Allerton High School, Sheffield Park Academy, Harrogate Grammar School, Beckfoot School, Guiseley School, Barnsley College, Notre Dame Sixth Form College, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

We would also like to extend a big thank you to our partner, the Leeds Salon, and hosts, Leeds Beckett University, who both offered several impressive judges on the day. Thank you also to all the judges and individual judges who gave up their time to help quiz the students.


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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