Bohunt Worthing students win the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate on 8th March 2019


To mark International Women’s Day Bohunt Worthing students attended the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate on Friday 8th March. Talia Karchewski, Nikola Osinska, Ruby Robinson-Wright, Emily Rusbridge, Benjamin Waterer (all Year 8) and Emma Hill (Year 9) attended the debate, with Mr White. They had the privilege of debating current issues against three other local schools in the Council Chambers, just like our local Councillors.

The students competed superbly and put forward thoughtful contributions on an array of debate topics ranging from ethical issues surrounding AI, the gender pay gap, diversity and the extent to which the media is to blame for the rise of body dysmorphia amongst young people. Bohunt School Worthing was the overall team winner of the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate. This is particularly impressive considering they were the youngest team!

Humanities Teacher, Mr White, said ‘Our students should feel very proud of the superb effort they put in and this fantastic achievement. What a wonderful first debate.’

Headteacher, Mr Whitehead, said: ‘We are really proud of our students’ achievements, especially as this is the first time of entry, they have taken this opportunity and excelled. For some students, they have potentially gained their first taste of politics and debating in the real world. Outside the classroom experiences are so important to a child’s education and we are grateful to the Mayor of Worthing, Mr Paul Baker, for providing this experience.’

In attendance at the event were: the Mayor of Worthing, Paul Baker; the Deputy Mayor, Hazel Thorpe and the Lady Mayor, Sandra Baker. The Judges were: Mrs Caroline Nicholls, The High Sheriff of West Sussex; Martin Randal, Director for Economy, Adur Councils; Katie Waters, Youth Mayor and three representatives from Worthing College.