Public Speaking is an increasingly popular extra-curricular choice here at Cranbrook. Not only does it help students develop the self-confidence and communication skills which will serve them well at university, at work or in the wider world, it’s fun as well!
Importantly, there are opportunities for all ages to take part including two debating clubs which run after classes every week. These regular discussions are not only compelling in their own right but also allow participants to fine-tune their oratory and logic in preparation for more vigorous external debates.
Every year we enter a team into the Citizenship Foundation Mock Magistrates’ Competition. This involves a team of 12 students preparing a case and taking on the roles of advocates, witnesses, judges and officials in the local magistrates’ court at Sevenoaks. Additionally, our Sixth Form students may enter the Bar National Mock Trial Competition which is similar to the junior competition but takes place at the Crown Court in Canterbury.
All our teams have acquitted themselves well in these outings and our seniors have also won praise for their performances at The Oxford Union Schools’ Debate, The Cambridge Union Debate, and the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Competition amongst others.