ESU Schools Mace

RHS qualify for national finals of ESU Schools Mace

Two RHS pupils advance to the national finals of the English-Speaking Union Schools Mace debating tournament.

The annual competition open to secondary schools across the UK and Ireland was founded in 1957 by the journalist Kenneth Harris of The Observer newspaper. Schools are eligible to enter one team in the championships each year, made up of two pupil debaters from the school. Teams compete in area qualifying rounds, with the best performing teams going on to the national finals to compete for the championship trophy, known as the Silver Mace.

Royal Hospital School was represented by Nick P and Adam W who already were crowned Suffolk County Champions, but this week won the East Regional Final for the second year in a row, putting out Langley (Norfolk), Westcliffe High School for Boys (Essex) and The Bishop's Stortford High School (Hertfordshire). RHS hosted the final and the boys were supported by a great turn out from the home crowd.

The National Finals' Day will be against the other 11 regional champions in the UK, to be held on Wednesday 21 March at Dartmouth House, Mayfair, London.