06 Jul 2018: Leicester Grammar emerges victorious in hard-fought Debating Matters Birmingham Championship

Leicester school takes home the trophy after a day of tie-breaks at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Birmingham.

Congratulations to Leicester Grammar School who were crowned the 2018 champions of Debating Matters Birmingham, beating off stiff competition at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College on Wednesday 4 July.

The long-time Debating Matters competitors were thrilled to lift the much-coveted Birmingham Championship trophy after an intense day of debate that saw an unusually close competition in the group stages. The schools tackled topics such as ‘We should accept the risk inherent in contact sports’, ‘Monuments to controversial historical figures should remain’ and ‘Humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence’.

Leicester Grammar and King Edward VI Aston School won through their groups after a tie-break situation in each group. With each school winning one debate in the group stages, the judges were left with an extremely difficult decision to determine which school was the best overall in each group.

Leicester Grammar and King Edward VI Aston managed to come out top in the judges’ minds and so faced each other in the final, ‘Populism is a threat to democracy’. The other schools competing on the day – Alcester Grammar School, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys and Tudor Grange Academy Solihull – produced spirited performances and made exceptional and passionate contributions from the floor in the final debate.

At the end of the final, the judges pronounced Leicester Grammar as the victorious team.

Debating Matters would like to extend thanks to all the competing schools and their teachers, and an especially warm thanks to our fantastic hosts Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, their teacher Tom Williams, and all the support and catering staff (who were responsible for an excellent curry for lunch).

Importantly, a big thanks is also given to all the individual and panel judges who gave up their time to quiz and judge the teams on the day.


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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