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‘Debate Academy opened my mind to different opinions’

Debate academy

Key facts

  • What: Week-long debating summer school
  • Age: 14-18 year olds
  • When: 5 – 10 August 2024
  • Where: Stamford School, Lincolnshire
  • How much: £725, full and partial bursaries available
  • Delivery: Taught by highly skilled ESU Oracy Coaches
  • How: Book online today!


in brief

Debate Academy is a friendly, immersive summer school for 14 to 18 year olds. It offers top-quality coaching in debate skills to all ability levels, delivered by some of the best coaches and debaters in the world. Whether students have little or no experience or are getting ready for trials for their national debating team, this summer school has something to offer.

We offer a mixed formats programme, which offers practice in the British Parliamentary, ESU Schools’ Mace and the World Schools Debating Championships formats, as well as a wide range of generally useful oracy skills.

As well as offering important debate tips and debate skills training, Debate Academy is a wonderful opportunity to make friends with like-minded people, to learn more about the wider world through our elective sessions and spend a week away from home developing confidence and independence. It’s a summer camp like no other, and we hope to see you there!

Book online today via our webform.



‘Debate Academy has been one of the best experiences of my life. The past five years have been incredible thanks to the people and the mentors.’

Isobelle Garnett-Clarke


What students receive

  • Personalised training from our expert oracy coaches
  • The opportunity to try a variety of debating styles
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks. We help students find the level to suit them best
  • Approximately eight practice debates with individual feedback
  • A positive, stimulating environment of intellectual curiosity
  • A variety of evening lectures to learn about subjects that interest them
  • Increased knowledge of current affairs
  • Fun social activities and the chance to make new friends from all over the world
  • All accommodation and food provided
Three young male students of the Debate Academy summer school standing outside the building talking and laughing. One is holding a piece of paper in his hand and the other has a


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