Students argue their way into winning title

catchline: wathEB''Wath students triumph in debate.'L-R: Luke Rowley, Katherine Bostock, John D'Silva, teacher Julie Shaw, Cameron Price
catchline: wathEB''Wath students triumph in debate.'L-R: Luke Rowley, Katherine Bostock, John D'Silva, teacher Julie Shaw, Cameron Price
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YOU wouldn’t want to argue with this lot.

That’s because the quick-witted sixth formers have triumphed in one of the toughest debating competitions in the country.

The group from Wath Comprehensive School in Rotherham won the regional final of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition and will now go for the national title in July.

Students took part in debates about legal curbs on offensive language and the UK’s membership of the European Union, and responded to judges’ questioning.

Julie Shaw, head of sixth form, said: “The team handled the inquisition from the judges extremely well, I am very proud of them. They were up against stiff competition but managed to show what they are really made of.”

Cameron Price, aged 18, also won the prize for best individual speaker.

They take on Leicester Grammar School in London.