Public Speaking

The art of public speaking and debating has blossomed at Blue Coat over the last few years.  We have developed a strong internal structure to foster interest and commitment from the students and we involve ourselves in a network of competitions both national and internationally.

Members of Staff run a weekly club at Junior, Middle School and Senior level.  In addition, weekend training sessions are given to those lucky enough to be chosen to represent the School. Boys and girls present public speaking evenings for parents and compère the many concerts that are held throughout the year, and House competitions in both debating and public speaking are fiercely contested.

Juniors are encouraged to enter the Woodley Festival, and to provide teams for the Rotary Club Youth Speaks Competition; Middle School pupils are involved in English-Speaking Competitions; and the Seniors do all this plus two annual international competitions, travelling to a wide range of fascinating countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas. A number of times over the past few years, the Blue Coat team has won the International Independent Schools competition held in Canada, and has had success in competition in Hong Kong.