Stockport Grammar School’s Debating Society was delighted to welcome former Conservative MP and Junior Health Minister Edwina Currie to take part in one of their regular debates.
The Debating Society hold their meetings in the School Library and this one was full to capacity as pupils and staff gathered to hear Edwina Currie debate with Sixth Formers Murray Jallands, Adam Keyworth and Richard Seed. The debate was chaired by Finley Nolan.
The debate took in wide ranging issues including economic policy, equality, privatisation, share ownership, the miners’ strike and social housing. Following the Debating Society’s House Rules, the discussion was good humoured and informative.
The Debating Society regularly invite external speakers to join them and Ms Currie kindly responded to a letter from Adam Keyworth. In her closing speech she stressed the great importance of open debate and discussion in schools.
Pupils at SGS have many other co-curricular opportunities to cultivate their debating skills, including Model United Nations where pupils discuss international issues with children from across the UK and globally, as well as our own School Council which develops communication skills and allows pupils a forum to voice their opinions.