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Highbridge school hosts prestigious debating competition

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 December 2017

King Alrfred's year 12 debating team of Daniel Anderson, Megan Richards, Sophie Butt and Ishrat Syeda.

King Alrfred's year 12 debating team of Daniel Anderson, Megan Richards, Sophie Butt and Ishrat Syeda.


A Highbridge sixth form hosted and competed in the UK’s most prestigious debating competition.

King Alfred School, in Burnham Road, held the South West regional heat of the English Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace last week.

The other participating teams were all from the private sector: Bristol Grammar School, Badminton School, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School and Millfield School.

Judges on the evening were former MP Tessa Munt and renowned solicitor Siobhan Casey.

Representing KAS sixth form were year 12 students Daniel Anderson, Megan Richards, Sophie Butt and Ishrat Syeda, who came just a single point away from going through to the next round.

Head of the sixth form, Jonathan Gaskell, said: “The team should all be proud of themselves.

“They represented our sixth form excellently and came close to making the national stages.”

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