02 May 2017: National Finalists 2017 Announced

Congratulations to this year's twelve National Finalists who meet in early July to battle for title of 'Debating Matters Champions 2017'

With over 275 schools entering last autumn, just 72 went on to compete in this spring’s Regional Finals to secure a place at the 2017 National Final, taking place from 30 June - 2 July at the Museum of London and Wellcome Collection.

The twelve schools who won their Regional Finals have now secured their places at the National Final, having tackled a wide range of contemporary issues over the past seven months including: whether we should further regulate the sharing economy; if social media sites should filter out fake news stories; whether social egg freezing empowers women; and if political parties are bad for democracy, to name just a few. Demonstrating that young people can deal with these issues seriously and with passion and conviction, we’re looking forward to what promises to be a National Final of high quality debates. This year has been the year of the underdog with many of our National Finalists winning through for the first time.

Our confirmed National Finalists (in order of Regional Finals held) are:

Scotland & Northern Ireland Final
The Royal School, Armagh

South Regional Final
The Burgate School & Sixth Form Centre, Fordingbridge

East Regional Final
Wymondham College, Norfolk

London North Regional Final
Ravensbourne School, Bromley

Yorkshire Regional Final
Allerton High School, Leeds

South East Regional Final
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham

Central Regional Final
Cirencester College, Gloucestershire

North West & North Wales Regional Final
Loreto College, Manchester

London Inner Regional Final
Twyford CofE High School, London

London South Regional Final
Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone

North East Regional Final
Gosforth Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne

West & South Wales Regional Final
Truro School, Cornwall

Congratulations to all twelve schools, and especially their competing students and the teachers who support them.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, venue partners and of course the individuals who have taken the time to judge the finals and engage students in some of the issues that really matter in the world today. Particular thanks to: the Wellcome Trust, Hodder Education, Oxford University Press, Medical Research Council, Thames Water, Transport Systems Catapult, UCAS and First Actuarial for the commitment they have shown to the competition.

Thanks also to our venue partners throughout the spring: Barbican, Bath Spa University, Canterbury Christ Church University, King’s College London, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Manchester Metropolitan University, Teeside University, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Lighthouse, the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Leicester.

And finally, we’d like to thank all those who donated prizes for the Regional Finals, in addition to Headline Prize Sponsor Hodder Education.



If you’d like to attend the National Final at the Museum of London, 30 June - 2 July, please contact Nadia Butt



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