Debating Team through to National Finals

Four Alton College Debating Teams competed in the Oxford Union regional round held at Guildford High School on February 26th. The round consisted of approximately 100 teams from across the south and London.

Representing Alton College were Lucy Bayliss, Lottie Tellyn, Sam Seymour, Nick Hywood, Seb Cawte, Jack Jillings, Alf Hamer and Peter Baillie. They were supported by Zoe Adams, Olivia Welch, Molly Bruce and Maddy McCubbine.

The competition kicked off at 4pm and consisted of 2 intensive rounds. The two motions, "This House Would introduce compulsory national service for a year after education" and "This House Would abolish separate award ceremonies for males and females", were fiercely debated by Alton against teams from Wellington College, Christ’s Hospital, Eton and Winchester College.

All teams were exceptional with Seb Cawte and Jack Jillings successfully winning a place in the national finals.

Seb and Jack will compete at the Oxford Union on Saturday March 9th against winning teams from the whole of the UK and overseas.