• LRGS Whewell Society 1913

Whewell Society (debating)

Debating is a key part of life at LRGS, and has been for 150 years. Today's society is named the Whewell Society and meets most weeks to debate any and everything from an EU referendum to the invasion of France. The most popular debates – notably the so called 'Masters' Debate' and a debate with Eric Ollerenshaw MP (he lost) - attract up to 150 student and teacher spectators.

In addition to these internal debates, the society has enjoyed much success on the competitive scene: in recent years boys have reached finals day of the Cambridge Union Competition and the penultimate round of the prestigious English Speaking Union competition.

Although probably at least a bit biased as Chairman of the Whewell Society, I'd strongly encourage all pupils at LRGS to experience debating. Speaking to propose or oppose a motion is the ultimate expercise in confidence, logic and rhetoric, and watching debates can be extremely good fun!