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MK Schools Parliamentary Debate Champions

Rachel Poku and Darcy Williams from Year 11 have been crowned MK Schools Parliamentary Champions, a competition organised by our local MPs, Iain Stewart and Ben Everitt.  Our ace debaters took on Radcliffe School in the final, which was held in the Grand Committee Room in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, with our two local MPs in attendance.

The motion debated was: ‘Following the AI Safety Summit hosted at Bletchley Park, this House would like to move the motion that artificial intelligence is more of an opportunity than a threat to residents of the United Kingdom’.  Our team put forward the argument that it is an opportunity, whilst Radcliffe’s team argued that it is a threat.

The distinguished panel of judges, which included representatives from the Open University, The Stables, Women Leaders UK, the Chamber of Commerce and the MK Youth Parliament, declared Rachel and Darcy the winners.  As well as taking part in the competition, our students also received a tour of the Houses of Parliament, taking in the House of Lords, House of Commons and The Kings Room, which is used by the monarch when delivering speeches.

Dr Frame, Headteacher said:  This a fantastic achievement as this is the first time that we have reached the final of this competition and have come out as winners.  Many congratulations to Rachel and Darcy and to Harshita Gudupati, who also contributed to the Team’s success.  The whole experience was so positive for our students, and they truly had a day out to remember.  Thank you to Mr Stewart MP and Mr Everitt MP for organising the Competition and here at Denbigh to Mr Lee and Mr Vassell who have supported our team brilliantly throughout the Competition.