ALUMNI

Ashley Mallett
Wath Comprehensive School

The competition means so much to me and it gives me pride to see it expand and go from strength to strength, knowing that I have contributed to part of its success.

COMPETITION YEAR
2009
CURRENTLY
Wilford Smith Solicitors

Debating Matters is extremely special to me and something I hold close to my heart. To be honest, like many of you, debating started out as a bit of lunchtime fun between friends, but turned a lot more serious when we realised we had a potent team and a driven teacher leading it. The school had taken the competition seriously for a number of years, having seen what it could add to its students.

As a prospective Law student it took on a great significance for me as there are few competitions in this country which prepare students for advocacy, research and what is essentially combative idea sharing. The experience was useful to gain as an 18 year old. For those of you unaware, law students are assessed in Research, Writing, Advocacy, Drafting and Interviewing. It is clear that by my experience of being part of Debating Matters, I had an advantage going into my studies, especially in the field of advocacy where I felt considerably less daunted than most. When grilled by a judge in a legal debate (a moot) I can draw on my experience of my interactions with Debating Matters judges which sharpens my responses. I can take this into my future career.

As an alumnus, I take great pride in furthering the extra-curricular activities of A-Level students around the United Kingdom. There is always a buzz about me when I drive to a Qualifying Round as I am able to empathise with how the students will be feeling and it also brings back many happy memories of when I competed with my friends.

The competition means so much to me and it gives me pride to see it expand and go from strength to strength, knowing that I have contributed to part of its success.

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