Barnsley Students Win Debating Competition

Three students from Barnsley Sixth Form College’s Debating Society were award winners at this year’s Model UN simulated debate at the University of Sheffield.

Model UN winners

Joined by students from colleges around the region, A Level students Liam Bailey, Jake Fleetwood , Codie Lewis, Eleanor Holmes and Niloofar Baziyar attended the debating event where they were split into teams and set research tasks before debating current issues, such as world debt and nuclear weapons. Barnsley students won three prizes with Best War Monger being awarded to Eleanor Holmes, Best Diplomat awarded to Codie Lewis and Best Calm Delegate to Liam Bailey.

Jake Fleetwood, a former Yewlands School pupil who lives in Sheffield, said: “It was really good to be involved in the event and we learned a lot more about the UN and about how to research and structure an argument. It was also good to spend time in the university environment.”

Maria Sutton, Personal Progress Mentor at Barnsley Sixth Form College, added: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to take part in and they were excellent ambassadors for Barnsley Sixth Form College. Alongside their academic subjects we encourage all our students to get involved in enrichment, such as our Debating Society, to help them develop skills and prepare them for university and work.”

Find out more about studying at Barnsley Sixth Form College at the next Open Evening on Thursday 15 January 2015, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, or go to

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