Residential Summer School for Aspiring Young Debaters

Debate Academy

Debate Academy offers top quality coaching in debate to all ability levels, delivered by some of the best coaches and debaters in the world. Whether you have little or no experience, or are getting ready for trials for your national debating team, Debate Academy has something to offer you. It also offers the chance for students from a wide range of schools to meet each other, socialise and make friends from around the country and the world.

We offer two course tracks for 14-18 year olds, as part of the Debate Academy programme. The first is our Mixed Formats Debate Academy and the second is our World Schools' Debate Academy.

For more detail on what being a participant in Debate Academy looks like, please refer to our “Debate Academy Guide” in the  RESOURCES section below.

Secure your place

Debate Academy 2017 will be held from 31st July until 5th August 2017 at Uppingham School in Oakham. The cost per participant will be £495. The ESU is able to offer partial or full bursaries to students in order to attend Debate Academy and we are committed to ensuring that no students’ financial circumstance should present a barrier to their ability to attend. Our bursary fund will permit us to allocate the equivalent of full bursaries for at least 50% of students at Debate Academy.

For further information on the course either see the “Debate Academy Guide” below or contact

Applications are now open. Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. In order to apply, please complete this form:

Too old to take part in Debate Academy but would love to get involved? We are looking for people to work as mentors to work at it. Applications can be found here.


Here you will find information about both courses on offer.

Course and bursary information
Guide to Debate Academy