On Monday 25th November Duke’s Aldridge Academy students Karima, Safwan and Deshawn triumphed in the first round of the ESU MACE Debate competition debating the motion: “This House Would Make Voting Compulsory”.
The English-Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England, hones students’ debate skills in a fun, competitive environment. Working in teams, students enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school and giving them a sense of pride in themselves and their achievements.
In the first round the Duke’s team battled it out with five other local schools, including older sixth-formers – making their achievement all the more impressive. Winning their debate and collecting the highest score on the evening, the team now progresses through to the regional semi finals in January.