Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Girls Win Mace Debating Competition

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A team of three Sixth Form girls from Bolton School – Lily Rimmer, Sarah Walker and Jessica Buckthorpe – has won through to the next round of the English-Speaking Union’s (ESU) Mace, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England, which was held at Little Lever School in Bolton. The Y12 girls, all members of the school’s Senior Lit and Debating Club, overcame teams from Manchester Grammar School, Bedford High in Leigh, the Boys’ Division of Bolton School, Windermere School and Little Lever School and moved one stage closer to the regional final. The girls argued against the motion “Voting Should be Compulsory”. 

English teacher Mrs Thornborough said: “The girls were absolutely outstanding and a real credit to the school. Their arguments were extremely well formulated and they responded to the arguments of the Proposition exceptionally well.”  

The Mace hones debating skills in a fun, competitive environment. Working in teams, students enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking.


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