Talking their way to success

Pictured (L-R) are Luke Rowley, Katherine Bostock, John D'Silva, teacher Julie Shaw and Cameron Price, all from Wath Comprehensive School.
Pictured (L-R) are Luke Rowley, Katherine Bostock, John D'Silva, teacher Julie Shaw and Cameron Price, all from Wath Comprehensive School.

WATH Comprehensive School student Cameron Price showed he has got the gift of the gab after receiving high praise at a national debating competition.

The sixth former was given a special mention for his public speaking skills by a panel of nine judges at the National Final of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition.

He and three classmates - Katherine Bostock, John D’Silva and Luke Rowley – were runners up at the event, which has been dubbed ‘the toughest debating competition in the UK’.

The talkative team qualified for the final, held in London at the weekend, after winning the regional competition in May.

The school has entered several regional competitions in recent years, but this was the first time they had made it to the grand final.

Teacher Julie Shaw was ‘overjoyed’ at the team’s success and said: “Debating Matters is a fantastic competition.

“It is a unique and exciting way for students to learn about the issues that are shaping the future and it is one of the most character building activities that I have come across for young people.”

Aside from taking to the debating stage, students also enjoyed a series of seminars across the event.

This included a Question Time-style debate with speakers including Baroness Kishwer Falkner and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, Alex Deane.