Despite the unavoidable disruption of the last two years, Elmhurst's young orators still managed to bring home the debating treble in 2020/21, making it one of our most successful seasons ever.
Across year six, 13 children represented Elmhurst and collectively won the East London Cup, the National Cup and the National League titles from Debate Mate. This is in addition to being the second ranked primary school in a national competition run by Debate Mate and Deloitte, which looked for innovative business pitches.
Debate Mate continues to be so impressed by the sustained quality of our students that the charity invited children to take part in numerous special events last year. These have included show debates and filmed interviews - with subjects ranging from football managers to CEOs to government ministers - as well as showcasing our school to visitors as an example of the good work they do.
The year marks the fourth year in a row that Elmhurst has made it to the final of the Debate Mate Cup and the second time in that period that we have been crowned champions (we also once came second in that period). Over the same time-frame, we reached the national league finals twice but this is the first time we have won it (we placed second on that other occasion). We maintain our dominance of the East London Cup, having now won it three years in a row.
Debate Mate released a summary video of last year's league grand final debate, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T1xPQAFz-k&ab_channel=debatemateUK