Debating private education

The week before last in Jaw two students, Juliette Perry (Block 5) and Cameron Cross (Block 4), proposed the motion: “This House believes that private education should be banned”. They were opposed in this by two teachers, Michael Newman and Clare Jarmy, in a formal debate, which I chaired, in front of the whole school. The Jaw aimed to inform the school about the formal side of debating. Due to time constraints each speech was restricted to four minutes and the debate was not open to points from the floor. The judgement was a vote by acclamation from the school body which gave it to the teachers. However, Juliette and Cameron made a strong case and it was impressive that they were able to debate in front of the school en masse.

By Tim Jones, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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