Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10 & 11 Debating Competition 2019 Final

Wednesday 20th March 2019

HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley

Time: 3:30pm to 7:45pm

Leeds Salon hosts the sixth, annual Headingley Festival of Ideas debating competition for years 10&11 (ages 14 to 16).

The final includes the two north Leeds qualifying round winners - Allerton High School and Carr Manor Community School - and the winners of the Tetley competition for south and central Leeds schools - Woodkirk Academy.

Event Sponsors are once again leading Yorkshire law firm Switalskis Solicitors. While Prize Sponsors again include Thackray Medical Museum and The University of Law (Leeds).

The competition uses the sixth-form Debating Matters format. The final is open to the public but, as places are limited, if you wish to attend please email us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk

15:45 – Debate 1

FOR: Allerton High

AGAINST: Woodkirk Academy

“Western Museums Should Agree to Repatriate Cultural Artefacts”



Nat Edwards, Thackray Medical Museum
Nikos Sotirakopoulos, York St John
Judge, organisation

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

16:55 – Debate 2

FOR: Carr Manor

AGAINST: Allerton High

“Tourism Benefits the World”



Nikos Sotirakopoulos, York St John
Judge, organisation
Judge, organisation

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

 18:05 – Refreshment Break

18:15 – Debate 3

FOR: Woodkirk Academy

AGAINST: Carr Manor

“Populism is a Threat to Democracy”



Nat Edwards, Thackray Medical Museum
Judge, organisation
Judge, organisation

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

 19:25 – 19:45 Judges’ Deliberations & Results











Switalskis Solicitors has been named Yorkshire Law Firm of the Year three times, and offers a wide range of expert legal advice and representation for individuals and businesses from 12 Yorkshire locations. 

They have offices in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, Honley, Dewsbury, Pontefract, Boston Spa, Knaresborough and York: www.switalskis.com/



Thackray Medical Museum inspires and educates visitors and school children from around the UK and beyond through imaginative and exciting exhibitions, fun family workshops and a comprehensive schools programme. Their aim is to become the UK’s leading medical museum by delivering innovative and inspirational learning opportunities rooted in the heritage of medicine and healthcare: www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/


The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education. With a rich heritage dating back to 1876, and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, they continuously focus on developing the best legal minds. What really sets them apart from other universities is the guiding principle that the current and future lawyers they teach should only ever learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context with plenty of practical, interactive engagement. To find out more, visit their website at: www.law.ac.uk/


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