Worth’s 1st annual alumni debate was an excellent event as the School’s Senior Debating Society took on a team of Old Worthians spanning 44 school years.
The alumni team included Alexander Stewart-Clark, who left in 1979, former pupil and current Assistant Head (Sixth Form) Matthew Doggett plus Genevieve Bailey and Daniel Aghedo-Jacob, who left Worth after completing their studies this year.
The judging panel was also made up of alumni: King’s Counsel James Maxwell-Scott, fellow barrister Oliver Pateman and Simon Florek, who left last summer and is now studying Economics at Cambridge University. The event was chaired by another 2023 leaver and former Head Boy Freddie Bosshard.
The judges made the unanimous decision to award the inaugural Worth Invitational Debate trophy to the School team. The motion on the evening was ‘This house believes that once an individual’s assets reach half a billion pounds any assets in excess of that must be sequestered by the state’.
The black-tie evening began with a dinner with Head Master, Mr Stuart McPherson, in the Cowdray Room for the main participants and they were then joined by parents and students for the debate itself in the Whitehead Room.
Debating at Worth is a real strength, with a number of successes in recent years, including winning a national competition in May 2022. Last week the School won the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at East Grinstead to progress to the regional semi-finals in February.
Well done to Head of English, Mrs Dawn Clubb, who leads debating at Worth and who was responsible for planning last Friday’s superb event.
Additional photography from student Tom.