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Debating is an invaluable skill to learn and our club aims to give students the chance to develop key analytical and public speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Students work together to debate a range of issues, from the topical questions of the day to the abstract and more obscure. Debating helps to develop critical thinking skills; students learn how to examine and justify ideas, and find evidence to support different points of view.

As well as having a lot of fun debating with each other, students also take part in inter-school events and competitions, including the annual Oxford Union Schools' Competition. Last year, the St Gabriel's A team progressed to finals day, held at the historic Oxford Union.

Debating is for everyone, whatever subjects students are studying. It is excellent preparation for future employment and helps students to stand out in their university applications and shine at interviews. We meet in the Sixth Form Common Room after school on Tuesday - anyone from Years 11-13 can suggest a motion for debate and we welcome new members at any point during the school year.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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