Headingley Festival of Ideas Schools Debating Competition 2015 Final

Date: Monday 11 May 2015

Venue: Shire Oak Room, HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley

Time: 3pm to 7pm

Leeds Salon hosts the second Headingley Festival of Ideas schools debating competition for years 10 & 11.

The first competition in 2014 was a one-off event involving three schools. For 2015 we’ve expanded the competition to include qualifying rounds held in January between Lawnswood vs Ralph Thoresby High and Abbey Grange Academy vs Allerton High. Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, as last years winner's, take the third place in the final. However, as Lawnswood School have unfortunately had to pull out, the Final will now be between Allerton High and Cardinal Heenan.

The competition uses the format of the Institute of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition - which emphasises content over presentational style, and taking ideas and young people seriously. The event is free and open to the public. However, as places are limited, if you wish to attend please e-mail us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk.



Mock Debate 1


Mock Debate 2







Cardinal Heenan


Allerton High







Cardinal Heenan



Allerton High






15:30 – Introduction

15:45- Mock Debate 1

“Nobody has the right not to be offended”


Dan Clayton, Documentary Film Maker

Diane Wilson, Leeds City College

Jack Simpson, The State of the Arts

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon


16:15 – Mock Debate 2

“Voting should be made compulsory in the UK”


John Willott, Leeds Beckett University

Richard Smyth, Author and Historian

Richard Wilcocks, Headingley Litfest 

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

16:45 – Refreshment break

17:00 – The Final

“The UK must embrace the use of fracking”


Dan Clayton, Documentary Film Maker

John Willott, Leeds Beckett University

Patrick Kelly, Educational Needs Consultant

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

18:00 – Judges' deliberations

18:15 – Results & presentations


Winners: Allerton High School

The winning team are Ben Freeman, Kate Goldrich, Lisa Gould and Sandev Kalsi

Allerton High debate fracking with Cardinal HeenanSandev Kalsi and Kate Goldrich debate Elly Hogan and Margo Budrevicute of Cardinal Heenan in the final-decider on 'fracking'.








Best Individual: Sally Greaney, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High

Best Individual

FoI organiser Liz Westmorland presents Sally Greaney of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School with the prize for 'Best Indivdual', for her performance as a panellist in the first debate on 'offensive speech'.













Prize Sponsors Include:

Hyde Park Picture House




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