Competition structure

The competition is divided into two stages: the Regional Rounds and Finals Day. The Regional Round will be hosted at a University or school in your area. These will be held either on Saturdays or on Sundays, to allow us to have more time for debates.

In each Regional Round there will be four debates in   the standard British Parliamentary format (click here to download our guide on this style of debating). Debaters will be judged by experienced debaters and will receive feedback for the first three rounds. Whilst there is no set time for feedback after the fourth round, debaters are encouraged to find their judges and ask for verbal feedback. As the rounds progress, teams will be paired up with other teams with equal points as them.

Finals Day features a mere handful of teams compared to the number who originally entered and making it this far is quite an achievement. There will be four rounds of debating after which, the top eight teams will advance to the semi-finals. The best two teams in each Semi final will advance to the grand final, where one will be crowned Schools Champion!

Regional rounds will be taking place from late November to late February, with regions further away from Cambridge being allocated earlier times

If you have any questions or feedback, please email Sara Dehvari and Rob Brown at CambridgeSchools.Convenor@cus.org