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Central Foundation’s Year 10 debating team won the Debate Mate national championship tournament earlier this week after a day of heated battle with seven of the country’s top schools.

After being crowned London champions back in April in regional knockouts against other London teams, the team went into another day looking to go on an unbeaten run. Unlike Debate Mate’s Urban Debate League, where points from each contest are added together as the year goes on and Central Foundation finished second nationwide, this was a straight forward knockout tournament with one loss resulting in elimination.

"We can never condone torture. We have court cases to establish whether people are guilty or innocent."

The team convincingly won the quarter-finals, debating the motion that This House believes racist, sexist and homophobic lyrics in songs should be banned. The semi-final saw them matched against Wade Deacon School from Cheshire, opposing the motion that welfare payments should be distributed by vouchers. By defeating Wade Deacon, despite them being named the best school in the UK by The Times, Central Foundation set up a grudge match in the final against local rivals Bridge Academy.

In the aforementioned Urban Debate League, Central Foundation finished second to Bridge Academy giving this national final an extra level of importance. This House would allow torture in the interests of national security was the motion Central Foundation had to oppose. By using their experience, as well as citing references as diverse as the Geneva Convention and the Halo video game, Central Foundation won the national championship and were awarded their trophy by BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.


Two months ago, two architects from WSP came to Central Foundation to deliver a lecture and workshop with Year 9 science students. They had both worked on building The Shard, London’s tallest building.

The workshop saw the boys spend half an hour building the basic structure of a new community building. Since then the boys have worked in groups to work on detailed models of their buildings, linking in with research they have carried out taking into consideration building materials, pros and cons of designs and the type of space and needs a community centre would need.

The two architects returned to see how the boys had continued their works. The top six groups presented their models to the architects and each delivered a presentation to them and their year group detailing the reasoning behind their designs both outside and in.

After much deliberation the winners were chosen by the architects and rewarded with a prize of a free visit to The Shard’s 72nd floor with a view 800ft above the city of London.

View the gallery for more photographs of both the initial workshop and the presentation events.

Cashless Catering

June 19th, 2013


ParentPay is an online payment system that helps you pay for your son’s lunches, trips and other extracurricular activities in a quick and direct manner.

Log on to your son’s account at or find your nearest PayPoint by searching your postcode here.

Cashless Catering

Cashless Catering is a high-tech system which ensures a fast, efficient and transparent meal service. All school canteen tills operate on a cashless basis, accepting only biometric thumb scans or PIN numbers.

By scanning a student’s thumb, or receiving a PIN, money will be transferred from their ParentPay account; parents with more than one child can access different accounts from one login This will allow parents to place a maximum daily spend cap and be involved in what their son is eating every day.

Biometric scans are not the same as fingerprints. No prints are recorded or stored anywhere. Instead, an onsite computer will read between 50 & 130 points on the thumb and translate that information into two levels of encrypted code unique to your son.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require any assistance in setting your ParentPay account, please contact the school on 020 7253 3741 or e-mail at

Last Wednesday, Royal Holloway invited Central Foundation’s Music School choir to their college campus in Surrey for a day’s rehearsal.

The Music School was allowed to observe a rehearsal of a newly composed piece, They Shall Awake by Anthony Pitts ahead of their summer tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Mr Pitts, who was also in attendance, discussed the composition with the boys.

The university’s chapel choir and our Music School choir then rehearsed Henry Purcell’s Hear My Prayer, O Lord together. The chapel choir were impressed at the vocal range, skill and discipline of the Music School, while the Music School learnt advanced techniques from the university group.  Purcell’s piece is part of the Royal Holloway’s repertoire and will also be a focal part of Central Foundation’s Formal Concert in July.

Central Foundation’s U13 cricket team is one step closer to silverware after a solid performance this week.

In the Round of 16 for the ESCA Cricket Cup, the school was drawn against Stepney Green for a 14 over a side match. Put into bat first, Central Foundation made 84 runs, playing out the overs, with man of the match Harsh Canti scoring 20 runs.

The second half of the match saw Stepney Green only score half as many runs. Central Foundation’s accurate and relentless bowling meant the opposition were unable to play out their 14 overs. With all 10 wickets being claimed for only 42 runs, the team carry huge momentum going into the quarter final stage.