The second round heats took place on Thursday 23 January and Tuesday 28 January.

After debating for and against the motion 'This house believes that the BBC should be privatised', 16 Scottish high schools are progressing to the semi-final heats:


  • Fortrose Academy, Highland
  • Thurso High School, Highland
  • St Columba's RC High School, Fife
  • Balfron High School, Stirling
  • Broxburn Academy, West Lothian
  • Peebles High School, Borders
  • St Andrew's Academy, Renfrewshire
  • Wellington School, South Ayrshire
  • Banchory Academy, Aberdeenshire
  • Albyn School, Aberdeenshire
  • Biggar High School, South Lanarkshire
  • The Royal High School, Edinburgh
  • Our Lady & St Patrick's High School, West Dunbartonshire
  • Douglas Academy, East Dunbartonshire
  • Duncanrig Secondary School, South Lanarkshire
  • Holy Cross High School, South Lanarkshire


Semi-final rounds will take place on Tuesday 17 March and Thursday 19 March and we'll let you know our final four as soon as possible!



Whether you are experienced or new to debating - get involved with Scotland's biggest high school debating competition today. Debating is a great way to not only start learning and developing new skills but it can also help to improve your public speaking skills and develop your self-confidence. David Blair, past participant and now a judge in the tournament, explains how being involved has helped him in his role as a solicitor.

How the debate works

Learn about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament format, rules and timescales.

Information for teams

Find out how to enter a team for the debate and read case studies from past competitors.

Information for judges

Whether you're a law student, a trainee, a practicing or retired solicitor or just love debating, we'd love to hear from you!