Great Debate Competition


Kieran Hannam and Bradley Logan competed in the regional heat of the Historical Association’s “Great Debate Competition” at Durham High School. Competitors had to present a speech to a panel of judges about World War One and its impact on our community. They were scored on the accuracy of their presentation as well as their delivery and ability to answer follow up questions. They were up against some excellent competitors but Kieran Hannam was chosen as the overall winner.

Kieran will now progress to the National final held in London in March where he will represent our school and the region against competitors from all over the country. He will be competing for prizes for both himself and the school.

His chosen topic was the Usworth and Washington Primary School strikes which took place in 1917 due to regional poverty caused by the low wages of the mining families. Bradley presented on the 1600 Belgium migrants who settled in Birtley for the duration of the war.

Both boys represented the school exceptionally well.