Great Debate 2020 – Find your local heat

The HA's public-speaking competition for students aged 16-19

Published 11th September 2019

Heats will be taking place across the country over the autumn term. This list of available heats will be updated frequently.

Please email in order to:

  • Book onto a local heat
  • Offer to host a local heat
  • Subscribe for updates on heats as they are scheduled
  • Register interest for a heat to be held in your area, if there is not one already. 

Confirmed Heats 2020:

  • Birmingham - 23rd January
    Aldridge School, Walsall
  • Bolton – 6pm, 4th November 
    The Bolton School
  • Bradford – 6pm, 18th November 
    Woodhouse Grove School 
  • Bristol – 6:30pm, 27th November 
    University of Bristol Humanities/School of Arts Complex, Woodward Road 
  • Buckinghamshire – 6pm, 12th December 
    Pipers Corner School 
  • Canterbury – 7pm, 5th November 
    The Kings School 
  • Chichester – 7pm, 28th November
    Friends’ Meeting House 
  • Colchester – 20th November
    Colchester County High School for Girls
  • Cornwall – 5th December
    Callywith College
  • Dorset – 28th November
    Highcliffe School
  • Durham – 6pm, 25th November
    Durham High School
  • Edinburgh – 9th December 
    Mary Erskine School 
  • Glasgow - 17th December 
    Kelvinside Academy
  • Isle of Jersey – 25th November 
    Victoria College
  • Limerick – 7:30pm, 5th December 
    Villiers School
  • Lincoln 
    William Farr School
  • London - 10th December  
    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: Liverpool University (London Campus), Moorgate
  • Merseyside - 21st November  
    Upton Hall School
  • Norfolk 
    Greshams School
  • North Wales – 14th November 
    Ysgol Eirias
  • Nuneaton – 5pm, 13th November 
    Etone College
  • Oxford – 2nd December 
    Magdalen College
  • Peterborough - 7:45pm, 28th November
    Oundle School
  • Taunton – 6:30pm, 21st November 
    Queen's College 
  • West Surrey – 6pm, 25th November
    St John's School, Leatherhead 
  • Worcester – 19th November 
    RGS Worcester 
  • York – 6pm, 19th November
    Bootham School

We will also be hosting a digital heat via Skype or similar free software in order to allow students from more remote areas, or anyone else who for whatever other reason cannot attend one of these local heats, to have a chance to compete. This will take place on January 29th. If you would like to register for this heat or have any queries about it, please email us at the usual address.

Heats TBC

These heats are not yet formally scheduled at this stage, but you can still register interest in them by emailing You will then be informed as soon as their details have been confirmed.

  • Cardiff - Cardiff High School
  • London – Pimlico Academy, January

Completed Heats

Winner: Sasha Pandit, Birkdale School

Updated 29th October 2019

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