Cranleigh won best overall school at the annual BSA Festival of Public Speaking on Saturday. The event held at Gordon’s School in Woking pitted together students from across the region to hone their oratorial schools in front of a panel of judges, which included former winter Olympic ski jumper and sports personality Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. 

In the individual competition Henry gave a strong performance in the Senior Competition, pitching his idea of ending the concept of the nation state and a borderless world. In the junior competition, Charlie also took a political stance to his presentation, with a revolutionary new voting system for the United Kingdom to try to make elections more fair and more accessible for everyone in the country. Both Henry and Charlie then had only 10 minutes to prepare for an impromptu speech on an unseen topic and were then given three minutes to speak in front of the audience and judges. Henry’s topic was ‘the benefits of universal education’, whilst Charlie had to speak about ‘reality television’. Henry was awarded runner up for his prepared speech. Charlie was also runner up for his prepared speech, but was crowned the winner in the unprepared category. 

In the team competition, Cranleigh’s dominated proceedings with a powerful speech on why the government should step in to restrict freedom of speech in certain circumstances. The team of Bella, Naalini and Robbie all spoke with sublime confidence and passion, resulting in them taking home the team award. This meant that Cranleigh also came away with the Whole School Award for the competition for 2019.