60 school pupils from nine West Yorkshire schools took part in the second annual schools debating competition at Bradford College.
The competition is run by Bradford Law School, part of Bradford College as an enrichment activity for local schools. The competition includes categories for senior teams (Years 12/13) and junior teams (Year 11 and below).
This year, senior pupils debated gender equality and capital punishment, whilst junior pupils debated pocket money and whether teachers should be paid by results. The standard of debate was extremely high and competition fierce. Pupils, their teachers and the judging lecturers enjoyed the event. Judges were impressed by the preparation and dedication of pupils who showed they possessed a key skill that is highly prized in the legal profession.
Senior prize winners were Huddersfield New College and Batley Grammar School with the best individual performer being Erin Hill from Huddersfield New College.
Girls’ Grammar School Bradford won both junior team prizes with the best individual performer being Bismah Ali.
Prize winners were presented with glass trophies by David Smith, Dean of Higher Education at Bradford College. All pupils receive a Certificate of Participation for their portfolios.
Event organiser and Law Lecturer Charles James said: "It's about students stretching themselves intellectually and having a good time. The pupils have had an inspiring experience that will encourage them to pursue a career in the legal profession." Charles added: "I look forward to next year's competition which will include more teams from across the county."