Schools Debate

The Leeds Salon runs two annual school debating competitions for years 10&11 pupils. We've also ran or co-hosted several other competitions for years 10&11, sixth-forms and colleges.

Leeds Salon is also 'Judging Parters' with the Academy of Ideas' sixth-form Debating Matters competition, helping to run competition events in the north of England.

Since 2016, we've also presented The Leeds Salon Individual Prize at the Debating Matters Yorkshire Regional Final to the individual who we think best exemplifies the spirit of Enlightenment inquiry. The winners receives a book which we think represents an exemplory piece of contempoary Enlightenment literature. See winners.

For all events we use the Debating Matters format and topic guides. We also rely on our growing list of Judges; without whose help none of this would be possible.

If your school, college or company and would like help running your own debating competition, see our prices. Or if you would like to take part in any of the below competitions, and for all other queries, please contact us at:

Current Competitions


Headingley FoIHeadingley Festival of Ideas Years 10 & 11 School Debating Competition

Headingley Festival of Ideas was first held in May 2014 and, as part of the festival, Leeds Salon hosted a school debating competition for years 10 & 11 (ages 14-16 years) as a one-off event involving three Headingley schools. From 2015, we have expanded the competition to include include qualifying rounds, and involve more Leeds schools, to win a place in the final to held in the spring at the HEART Centre, Headingley.

2019 - Qualifying Rounds t.b.c.

2018 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

2017 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

2016 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

2015 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

2014 - Final



The TetleyThe Tetley Years 10 & 11 School Debating Competition

The Tetley and Leeds Salon host an annual school debating competition for years 10 & 11 pupils (ages 14 to 16 years), for south and central Leeds schools. The first competition took place in January 2016 and, as well as competing to be crowned Tetley champions, the winners also go through to the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Schools Debating Competition.

Tetley 2019 Competition, Wednesday 30 January, details t.b.c.

Tetley 2018 Competition

Tetley 2017 Competition

Tetley 2016 Competition


Past Competitions


Jordans SolicitorsJordans Wakefield Sixth Form Debating Competition

Jordans Solicitors Wakefield have run their sixth-form debating competition for schools and colleges since 2011. From 2015, Jordans invited Leeds Salon to work with them to help develop and run their competition, using the Debating Matters format.

Jordans competition aims to encourage life skills in analysis and public speaking while engaging young people in contemporary social and political issues. The competition involves qualifying rounds held in October, to win a place in the final in December at The Hepworth; which is also the Debating Matters Wakefield Qualifying Round. So, in addition to winning Jordans' trophy, Jordans' finallists compete for a palce in the DM Yorkshire Regional Final to be held in the spring.

2016 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

2015 - Qualifying Rounds & Final

Leeds Colleges Debating Competition

Leeds Salon hosted the first ever debating competition between Leeds City College and Leeds College of Building on Wednesday 14 December at the Leeds City College Printworks Campus on Hunslet Road. Click on the link below to see the details and results.

Leeds Colleges 2016 Competition

Debate Outwood Competition

Leeds Salon hosted the first ever sixth-form debating competition between schools from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust.

"Debate Outwood" took place on Thursday 13 July 2017 at Outwood Grange Academy,  Wakefield. Hopefully this was the first of an annual event for the Trust schools.

Debate Outwood 2017






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