Huge congratulations to Sixth Form linguists, James Brown and Ellie Gammon, who won the Cheltenham Sixth Form Language Debate hosted by Cheltenham College.

The field of entrants was very strong, comprising Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Pates Grammar and Balcarras. The debates were topical and unknown in advance. The Dean Close team saw off two Pates Grammar teams before reaching the final versus Cheltenham College, where they convinced the judges of the merits of Hilary Clinton over Donald Trump.

Debating in a foreign language is a challengingdiscipline and James and Ellie were strong under pressure and very clear in their views. They will now go on to represent Cheltenham in the National Finals at the French Institute in London next year.