Duo have the gift of the gab

Alexander Bailey with the debating trophy. Greg Waddell was unavailable for photo.
Alexander Bailey with the debating trophy. Greg Waddell was unavailable for photo.

A MORPETH school certainly has the knack for success when it comes to debating as it has won yet another competition.

The Northumberland Schools Debate contest, hosted by Newcastle University and organised by the Northumberland Youth Cabinet, featured two teams from King Edward VI School.

Alexander Bailey and Greg Waddell, in Years 9 and 10 respectively, were the winners and Robert Naylor and Ellena Leatherland, both in year ten, reached the four team final at the King’s Hall, Newcastle University.

The four debates dealt with the following questions: should governments negotiate with terrorists? Should tuition fees be abolished? Should performance enhancing drugs in sport be allowed? Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

After each speech, the students had to answer questions from their opponents.

Alexander said: “I really enjoyed the competition and winning it was a great bonus.

“We went into it thinking we had a chance and when the judges announced that we had won the first debate before the second one started, it gave us a lot of confidence for the others.

“Going to the debating sessions after school on Fridays has helped all of us to develop our skills.”

It is proving to be a successful year for KEVI’s Debate Society, members of which have already won the ESU Area Mace competition, the ESU Area Public Speaking contest and are representing the North of England in the ESU National Public Speaking Final.

Alexander and Greg are also representing the school in the International Young Debater’s Final at the Cambridge Union on Saturday.