The first round heats of the 2020/21 tournament have now come to an end and we would like to say a massive well done to all participants who took part (many for the first time remotely) and who delivered fantastic arguments for and against the motion 'This house would make voting compulsory'.

As we now look forward to the second round heats - which are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 21 January and Tuesday, 22 January 2021 - congratulations to all schools who have made it through to the next phase:

  • Balfron High School
  • Banchory Academy
  • Bearsden Academy
  • Biggar High School
  • Bishopbriggs Academy
  • Broxburn Academy
  • Charleston Academy
  • Clydebank High School
  • Douglas Academy
  • Fortrose Academy
  • Glasgow Gaelic School
  • Glenalmond College
  • Gryffe High School
  • Kings Park Secondary School
  • Lochgelly High School
  • Marr College
  • Meldrum Academy
  • Peebles High School
  • St Columba's RC High School
  • The High School of Dundee
  • The High School of Glasgow
  • The Mary Erskine School
  • Thurso High School
  • Uddingston Grammar School


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