Hampton School’s Debating Society has been running for over a hundred years and the clashes now seen at Thursday lunchtimes in the Lecture Theatre would no doubt do our founding members proud.
Sometimes well-researched and rigorous, at other times more reliant on spontaneous wit, debates feature speakers from a range of year groups and attract enthusiastic audiences. Motions oscillate between what some might deem the frivolous (‘This House believes Gandalf would annihilate Dumbledore’) to the more weighty (‘This House would give Marxism a second chance’), but are invariably attacked and defended with gusto and conviction. A highlight of the year’s schedule is always the Hampton- The Lady Eleanor Holles School debate.
In formally organised competitions, the School performs strongly. Selection of boys for external competitions usually takes place in the first half of the Autumn term. Last year, in both the Cambridge and the Oxford Union competitions, the School’s teams received positive and constructive feedback from the judges. In the Schools Mace competition, Hampton was represented by L6th competitors who did extremely well to get through to the second round. Their efforts in preparation as well as the confidence with which they presented their arguments were highly commended by the judging panels.