Rutherford's Youth Speaks 2021

Youth Speaks 2021, Rutherford's debating competition for 6th form schools, is won by The Leys School

The Leys winning team with trophy

Youth Speaks took place at Impington Village College on 25 November 2021 with 60 people attending, including competitors. The number attending was good to see given some restrictions on the event due to the pandemic.  


There were four teams competing namely (with their topics):

  • Impington Village College  –  “A post human future might be better for all of us”
  • Hills Road Sixth Form College  –  “Homelessness and poverty must be solved before space exploration is opened up”
  • The Leys School  –  “The institution of marriage is outdated”
  • The Perse School  –  “Is our function as human beings purely to exist, or must we have a purpose in life?”


HCR Hewitsons sponsored the event, but unfortunately Christian Firmin from Hewitsons was unable to attend due to Covid-19. So the three judges were Chris Elliott (Chairman this year) ex Guardian Readers’ Editor, who has been a judge for a few years; Chris Delf member and former President of Bury St Edmunds Speakers’ Club; and Paul Breen (yes, our very own Secretary, who at the last minute stood in for Mr Firmin).


The evening was introduced by Richard Morris and the four teams gave a good account of themselves. Refreshments then followed, which were excellent. Meanwhile the judges had retired to consider all they had heard. Upon their return, after comments upon the various performances, the worthy winners were declared as The Leys School (photo above) with their topic – “The institution of marriage is outdated”.


Well done to the Vocational Service Committee led by Richard Stonebridge for such an excellent event. Our thanks go to Hewitsons and Impington Village College for their help in making this year’s Youth Speaks such a success.




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