Don’t Argue with Ardingly!

Model EUArdingly College students are proving tough opponents in the debating chamber.

In the first round of the English Speaking Union's prestigious Schools Mace competition, hosted at Ardingly College on 23rd November, the home team was  up against Brighton College, Burgess Hill School for Girls and  Sackville.  Ardingly Lower Sixth students Alec Watson and Ivan Filipov won the event, successfully arguing that the UK voting age should be reduced to 16 and the College now proceeds to the regional competition.

Over half term Ardingly College debaters Phoebe Tuckett and Luca Williams won the first round of this year's Debating Matters competition. They won two debates, one on the motion ‘Monuments to controversial historical figures should remain’ and the other on medical data sharing. Debating Matters is a competition run by the Institute of Ideas and features experts (including local dignitaries) interrogating each side, so the teams have be on their game and ready to defend their ideas in a no-holds barred debating format. Having won the Sussex final, Ardingly College is off to the southern regional finals in March.

Students have also participated very successfully in two Model United Nations events, one at Benenden School and the other at Croydon High School. Then, in October, an Ardingly College Model European Parliament team won the Best Delegation prize at the Netherlands based event.