|Kingsbury High is a debating school. The school encourages debating in every year group of the school, alongside its related oracy and public speaking programmes, and there are opportunities for students to participate in internal and external competitions.|
In the lower school, students have access to a weekly debating club, run by staff in conjunction with experienced upper school students who act as mentors, and the opportunity to compete against other schools in the DebateMate Urban Debate League. In the upper school, the Debating Society holds popular lunch-time debates, engages in friendly debates with other schools and sends debating teams every year to the Cambridge Union and Oxford Union Schools’ Debating Competitions. The school has reached the national finals day of the respective competitions on many occasions, most recently gaining a place in the Cambridge Union Finals 2012 and those of the Oxford Union in 2016.
Kingsbury also encourages involvement in Model United Nations (MUN) events, where students act as delegates for specific countries at a simulated United Nations conference and propose solutions and action in tackling real world issues and problems. The students learn a range of skills – such as teamwork, strategic thinking, negotiation, the drafting of documents and problem-solving – and have to demonstrate their willingness to present and defend their country’s best interests during debates. Sixth Form students take part in the annual HabsMUN event, at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys (Elstree); and there are occasionally MUN opportunities for younger students, whether on Excel Days or at external events.