South London’s top young debating team from Kingsdale School take on the country

News Desk (07 July, 2016) Education

The Dulwich teens took on kids from the country's most elite sixth forms

10464Kingsdale School debaters (left to right) Layla Isaaka, Flo Ward, Josh Tulloch, Will Carter and, teacher, Christopher Ware

Brainy youngsters from Dulwich have been taking on prestigious schools from across the UK in the country’s “toughest debating competition”.

Five Kingsdale Foundation School sixth form pupils took part in the Debating Matters National Final at the Museum of London over the weekend.

In front of a panel of judges told to critiquing on substance rather than skill, the contestants were quizzed with problems including: whether humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence; limits to online free speech; and if corporate sponsorship of the arts is a good thing.

The Dulwich teens were pipped from finishing in the top three out of twelve, but an honourable mention was earned by Kinsdale’s Josh Tulloch.

To earn their place in the national finals, the Kingdale team first stormed their way through regional finals in February by beating rival schools all over south London.

The great debate was won by Magdalen College School, Oxford.

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