• Dame Sally Anne Coates

    Director of Secondary Academies (South)

    United Learning

    Sally was Principal of Burlington Danes Academy serving the very deprived White City Estate in Hammersmith & Fulham from 2008-2014. Under her leadership the school’s GCSE results almost doubled and was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2013. She has also acted as Executive Principal at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, Ark Putney and the West London Free School. Sally served as a member of the Key Stage 2 Test Review Committee and chaired the Review of the Teaching Standards, the Skills Test Review and most recently, the Coates Review into Prison Education reporting its findings to the Secretary of State for Justice in early 2016. Sally was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Years Honours List.


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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