In November, five Downside School boys and one girl, along with teams from 10 other schools from Bath, the Cotswolds and Cardiff, took part in the Bath Debating Competition.

The Competition, organised by the Bath University Debating Society, and held at Bath University, is for pupils in Years 10-13 and aims to improve their speaking experience.,

Two of the Downside team – both Fourth Form boys – were complete novices to the British Parliamentary style of academic debating, but soon got into the swing of things.

The motion ‘This house regrets the romanticisation of criminal lifestyles in popular entertainment’, e.g. Joker, Peaky Blinders or Breaking Bad, was quite a complex topic to argue on. Despite coming third in the first round as novices, the boys’ performances were so notable that they were quickly moved into the seniors category. As Member of Government and Whip, they presented sophisticated and measured efforts, knocking down their opponents like skittles.

After three rounds of demanding and fast-paced debating, the Downside Fourth Formers were triumphant against teams of very experienced Sixth Form debaters, and finished first in both the second and third rounds. Well done to the entire Downside debating team!