On Saturday 11 February, Collingwood competed in the toughest regional round of the Cambridge Union schools debating competition.
We competed against the top schools in London and the South East, including Westminster, Tiffin and Eton for a place at Cambridge finals day.
Not only have we earned a place at Cambridge, but we topped the table, soundly beating multiple teams from both Westminster and Eton - two of the top debating schools in the UK. See table to the right.
Ellie Bean was ranked the top debater out of 76 speakers. Chloe Burrows was ranked fourth.
On Tuesday 21 February our Collingwood debaters competed in the Oxford regional competition which resulted in two teams qualifying for Oxford finals day.
Just as we did in the Cambridge round, Collingwood again came first (Bethan Wood and Lilian Brewer) in another tough regional round that included top fee-paying schools. Ellie Bean and Chloe Burrows also qualified.
These performances mean that we are now ranked amongst the elite debating schools in the UK, and bodes well for our upcoming finals and international finals next term. Congratulations to all our debaters.
Mr Baird - Debating Team Co-ordinator