08 Mar 2018: John Hampden Grammar School win Debating Matters London North Championship

School from High Wycombe victorious after day of exceptional debate

Congratulations to John Hampden Grammar Schoolwho survived a long day of debate to be crowned Debating Matters London North Champions 2018 hosted by Brunel University and in association with the Knowing Our Rights project on Monday 5 March.

Having competed in Debating Matters for several years, students from John Hampden were delighted to lift the trophy having impressed judges with their smart arguments and quick thinking throughout the day. John Hampden won debates in the group stages arguing social media sites shouldn’t filter out fake news stories and that violence in prisons was a product of more than just staff shortages. That put them through to face Lampton School in a fantastic semi-final, on whether monuments to controversial historical figures should be taken down. Having made it through, the final proved a close affair with John Hampden battling Leighton Park School on if populism is bad for democracy. After a fine debate, with fantastic contributions from schools in the audience, the judges announced John Hampden Grammar School 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. Sam Briggs of John Hampden Grammar 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: Ruislip High School, Skinners’ Academy, Mill Hill School, The Burgate School & Sixth Form Centre, Lampton School, Holyport College, Queens Park Community School, John Hampden Grammar School, Leighton Park School, Twyford CofE High School, Uxbridge College, Lady Margaret School.

We would also like to extend a big thank you to our partner, Brunel University and the Knowing Our Rights project, who offered several impressive judges on the day. Thank you also to all the judges who gave up their time to help quiz the students.

Next up we’re off to the Welsh National Opera on 14 March for our Cardiff Championship we hope to see many of you there.


We will be announcing new Championship dates soon. Watch this space!


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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