Debate Mate



November - June


Year 7 - Year 10


Debate Mate runs after-school debating clubs in primary and secondary schools across the UK. In previous years, Debate Mate has held the Debate Mate Cup Final at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster City Hall; students debated important issues around climate change, the rise of technology and its place in today’s society, as well as political issues such as prison reform.

Students will learn the art of debating and how to debate in a formal setting. The club will be run by specially trained university students and the techniques are delivered through a series of fun and interactive exercises and games. 

The club will run for 17 weeks commencing the week beginning the 8th of November, with breaks during school holidays.

In that time there will also be two local competitions, the Urban Debate League during the week of the 24th January and the 28th February.  There is also a one-day competition, the Debate Mate Cup, in the weeks prior to and following the Easter holidays. The overall winners of these competitions go through to the national finals in London held at inspiring venues. If it is not safe for these events to go ahead in person, Debate Mate will organise for them to be delivered virtually and there will be more information about this nearer the time. 

This is an extremely exciting opportunity for students at Stratford School Academy and will benefit their educational achievement as well as helping them to develop key skills.


  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Team work
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Empathy
  • Confidence


Start date: Thursday 11th November

Grosvenor Road

Thursdays - G204, G205, G206, G207, 3.20pm - 4.20pm


Students need to complete the statement of interest and consent form. This can be collected from G204. U311 or from form tutors.

Forms must be returned to Ms Ikar and Ms Grant

Deadline is Monday 18th October.

Debate Mate Documents

Contact SSA Debate Mate Leads


When contacting SSA faculty please ensure you state your full name and registration group, this helps us answer your enquiry promptly. 


When contacting SSA faculty please ensure you state your child's full name and registration group, this helps us answer your enquiry promptly.