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Issued: October 25, 2016
West Hatch High School team prepares for MP's debating competition
Students from West Hatch High School, Chigwell, will be among the eight school teams taking part in the Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing.
The teams, each comprising two students, will debate the Motion: “This House believes that Britain’s influence in the world will be greater once it leaves the European Union”.
West Hatch High School and the teams from Epping St John's School, Roding Valley High School and Debden Park High School will be speaking for the Motion while the Chigwell School, King Harold Academy, Braeside School and Davenant Foundation School teams will speak against the Motion.
Representing West Hatch will be Year 11 students Joe Mulvihill-Young and Jake Groce.
The pair started their preparations in Year 10 by taking part in the Essex heats of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge and the City of London Company of Educators Public Speaking Competition - where Joe was runner-up with his delivery of 'The beautiful ugly game' which challenged the audience and judges with his description of the thrill and corruption of elite football.
Joe said: "I am really pleased with this Motion because Brexit has sparked lots of debate between myself and my friends."
Jake said: “Joe and I are good friends so I think we will make a good team."
With academic work mounting up in preparation for their GCSEs Joe and Jake are pleased to have been told the Motion before the half-term break so they have extra time to research and prepare.
West Hatch headteacher Frances Howarth said: "We have supported this debating competition since it started and value it greatly. 

"By instigating it Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing has given students in Epping Forest a wonderful opportunity to experience the cut and thrust of the House of Commons for themselves.”
The competition takes place at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, on Friday, November 18.
Mrs Laing said: "I am very much looking forward to the evening which always sees a high standard of debate from the participating students.
"It is certainly the hot topic in UK politics at the moment and it will be interesting to see the arguments which are put forward by the teams this year."
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