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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.


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