The Tetley Years 10 & 11 School Debating Competition 2019

Wednesday 30th January 2019
The Tetley, 3pm to 7:30pm

The Tetley and Leeds Salon host their annual schools debating competition for Years 10&11 (ages 14 to 16 years) for central and south Leeds schools. The competition is a one-off event, using the format and topic guides of the Academy of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition - which emphasises content over presentational style, and taking ideas and young people seriously.

As well as being crowned The Tetley champions, the winners will also go into the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Competition against the three north Leeds qualifying round winners to be held at the HEART Centre on 20th March.

We are also very pleased to announce that the competition will once again be sponsored by leading Yorkshire law firm, LCF Law.


Green Belt

Plain Packaging

Trigger Warnings


Mount St Mary's



Woodkirk Academy





Outwood Grange




Mount St Mary's






Woodkirk Academy




Outwood Grange






15:45 – Debate 1

"We should build on the green belt"


Dawn Cameron, Armstrong Cameron
Dan Clayton, The Leeds Salon
Russell Thomas, HMRC

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

16:45 – Debate 2

"Plain packaging for tobacco products is a good idea"

David Jones, LCF Law
Paul Butterworth
, NHS Digital
Russell Thomas

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

17:40 – Refreshment Break

17:50 – Debate 3

"Trigger warnings stifle debate"

Taneesha Ahmed, The Tetley
Paul Butterworth
, NHS Digital
Dan Clayton
, The Leeds Salon

Chair: Paul Thomas, The Leeds Salon

18:45-19:00 – Judges’ Deliberations & Results

TETLEY CHAMPIONS 2019: Woodkirk Academy

(Back row L to R): Laura Ashton, Andrew Oxtoby (teacher), Lewis Joy

(Front row L to R) Taneesha Ahmed (The Tetley), Lucy Widows, Anandita Ghosh

The winning team all received a £10 Vue Cinema voucher thank to Sponsors LCF Law.





BEST INDIVIDUAL: Anandita Ghosh, Woodkirk Academy

Anandita Ghosh of Woodkirk Academy receives her prize from The Tetley's Participatin Producer and competition judge, Taneesha Ahmed, thanks to Sponsors LCF Law.


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