Common Time 2019

Winchester College


Debating team with an award
Two boys from the Debating Team

The Debating Society (DebSoc) is the oldest boy-run society at Winchester, founded in 1866. Although there are dons to help, the boys are very active in organising and chairing the internal debates. We enter several public competitions a year including the Oxford Union, the Cambridge Union and the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace Debating and Public Speaking Competitions.

Not surprisingly this involves the pupils in a fair amount of travel to various schools and universities. Early rounds usually take place in schools in the South East followed by finals at the relevant universities or in London.

Furthermore there are internal debates held during term time on a wide variety of issues where the boys usually adopt British parliamentary practice procedures to hone their debating and public speaking skills.

There is a house competition (Yaw Pot) and a Junior Part Div competition (The Butterworth Trophy).

In essence Wykehamists love arguing and challenging perceived wisdom and Deb Soc is a convenient platform for such pursuits.