ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition – Regional Final 08.02.19

Loughborough Grammar School continues to progress in this prestigious competition. Following our success in the heat here at the Grammar School, the same three Year 11 boys, Jakob, Joe and Owen, saw off the challenge of six other strong teams at Solihull School on Monday 4 February.

The topic was the same as last time, namely ‘Universities should always be a bastion of free speech’, on which Joe gave a highly thoughtful and intelligent talk. The judges particularly praised the intellectual content of his material. Jakob fought off illness to be a confident and articulate chairperson and was praised for the pleasant and confident manner with which he oversaw the whole event. Coupled with Owen’s thoughtful, perceptive and sensitive questioning, our Year 11s are a formidable team, beating, amongst others, Solihull and King Edward’s schools, both of which traditionally excel at debating.

We now move onto the regional final at Worcester on Saturday 9 March, which is effectively a national semi-final. Success in this will see them through to the national finals, and we have no doubt that our boys are more than capable of achieving this. Congratulations again to them for the hard work they have put in preparing for this competition.