Churchill Academy

Churchill retain the Liam Fox Debating Competition Cup

With three teams in the final and the home team advantage, Churchill retained the Liam Fox North Somerset Political Debating Competition. Students William Maitland-Round and Sami Faheem won on Friday evening, arguing the Government’s motion of: ‘This house believes that political parties are a relic of a bygone era’. Thomas Dalton and George Rabin competed for the Opposition in arguing against the motion, as did Lauryn Maine and Oliver Guckian.

This prestigious competition is now in its twenty-third year and following winning the cup last year, Churchill are the first school to see three teams through to the final.

All three teams performed very strongly and were clearly in the running by the end of the evening.  The consensus of the judges was that the strategic interventions by Will Maitland-Round and Sami Faheem were enough to put them ahead of the other competitors and they were deservedly awarded the Liam Fox Trophy.

Andrew Logan, Politics teacher at Churchill commented, “It was a fantastic evening to witness all three teams partake in the final. They all performed brilliantly.”  

All the finalists will be rewarded with a visit to the Houses of Parliament in March with the winners being treated to lunch with Dr Liam Fox in the MPs’ restaurant.