- Preparatory school
Boys & Girls 3-11
- The Senior School
- Sixth Form
- Old Girls
Debating and Public Speaking
The Activities Programme on Thursdays offers Debating to students from U3 (Y7) to L5 (Y10). The Senior School Debating Society is run by Sixth Form students for all members of the school and meets after school on Thursdays. Every student is warmly invited to join the Society and previous experience of Debating and Public Speaking is unnecessary.
In order to join the Society, members are not required to debate or speak competitively. However, many debaters and speakers choose to represent the school in local and national competitions including the Robertshaw and the Wharfedale Festivals of Performing Arts, the Association of Speakers Clubs Youth Speaking Competition and the Northern Junior Debating Competition. The National Competition for Young Debaters, the English Speaking Union National Competition for Public Speaking and the ESU National Tournaments for Debating. The Society enters national schools' competitions run by University Debating Unions including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Manchester. In school, debaters are involved in several areas including the Seasonal Show, Open Days and other functions for parents. The Society also runs a regional Public Speaking Competition for Years 5 and 6 where entrants compete for the 'L.J. Warrington City of Bradford Trophy'. In 2010, the worthy winners were Froebelian School .
The benefits of engaging in Debating and Public Speaking are manifold. Perhaps the most important reward for speakers lies in increased confidence, development of the ability to work as part of a team and the enjoyment of the camaraderie built by speakers. At a time when cogent communication is ever more important, debaters learn to argue and persuade effectively. Given the huge range of motions debated, speakers also develop an astute and questioning awareness of current affairs. The topics discussed assist the comprehension of academic subjects across the curriculum (and frequently involve teachers and parents in lively discussion). Parents and other family members are invited to observe all Debating and Public Speaking events and their support is deeply appreciated.