Derby Grammar School’s House Debating competition always showcases what talent we have in the school body in forming, presenting and delivering coherent and persuasive arguments. This year’s competition was no different and it was good to see some new faces step up to the dispatch boxes.

Years 7 and 8 debated the topical subject of whether screen time should be limited. Years 9 and 10 debated whether school should begin at 10am to suit teenagers’ sleep cycles, whilst the Year 11-13 heat focused on whether or not there should be a second Scottish Independence Referendum.

The Year 11-13 final was between Blackton and Derby and chaired by Head Prefect, Elliot Butterworth. Blackton proposed the motion that we are not doing enough to slow down climate change.

Represented by Lewis Hamilton (Year 13 and Blackton House Captain) and Will Dunning (Year 11), they presented excellent arguments that showed a huge amount of research and great teamwork. Points of information were dealt with calmly and convincingly.

Derby was represented by Sam and Haider Iqbal, both in Year 13. In opposing the motion they delivered well thought out arguments exceptionally well, with style and charisma.

The winners of the Year 11-13 final were Blackton which meant that, combined with the totals amassed over the period of the competition for all year groups, Mr Watson could declare joint overall winners of Blackton and Atkinson.