• Beverley Johnstone

    English Teacher/Debate Coach

    Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School

    Beverley studied PPE at St Hughs College, Oxford, then went to work in the Civil Service for 10 years before leaving to work as Deputy Director with Richard Branson ‘s charity UK2000, and then as UK head of an Ethiopian development charity. After retraining as a teacher, she took up debate coaching, training students who have gone on to debate at many national finals, two students who have debated for England teams, and others who are actively engaged in university debating. Beverley has judged internationally and in the UK, in all formats: British Parliamentary, Mace, World Schools and Debating Matters. I also run the Kent Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA). Keen on lifelong learning, within the past few years Beverley has taken an MA in English literature, and a GCSE and A level in Italian. She is also a keen potter, and recently held her first exhibition.


Qualifying Round: Brighton & Hove 2016/17

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: Brighton & Hove 2016/17

DEBATE: Political Parties

Qualifying Round: Brighton & Hove 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Qualifying Round: West Kent 2014/15

DEBATE: Security Vs Privacy

Qualifying Round: West Kent 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: Sussex 2013/14

DEBATE: Smart Drugs

Qualifying Round: Sussex 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles


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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