Public Speaking Team win through to regional final

In the beautiful Mediaeval Hall of The Guildhall in Guildford, Bedales public speaking team won through from the district final to the regional final (London and The South East) of the English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition. The team consisted of Harry Green as Chairman who did everything correct technically and displayed a charm and politeness which appealed to the judges. Cameron Cross, as Questioner, fired a series of clear and direct questions which showed that he had been listening and Flora Shaw was superb as Speaker, once again winning the evening’s award of Best Speaker. Her use of rhetorical device, her phrasing and her intelligent response to questions were mightily impressive. Bedales came first and were the only team out of six to go through to the regional final and did so against strong opposition from Epsom College and Charterhouse in particular.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History


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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