Participating schools

Robert Clack School, Essex, mentored by Lord Norton of Louth – fully appointed option © Parliamentary copyright

The House of Lords is working with the social enterprise Debate Mate which is preparing the four teams from London schools leading its annual debate for young people in the Lords chamber.

This year around 200 students from schools throughout the UK will discuss Lords reform in the debate ‘Elect, Select or Reject: the Future of the House of Lords.’

Members of the four teams – 10 students in each team, will propose the Lords reform options: a fully elected, fully appointed, hybrid House or abolition. The students have been assisted in preparing their arguments by four mentor Members of the Lords.

Four core London teams

Fully elected

Fully appointed



Students from the following schools and colleges will take part in the debate:

  • Aston Manor School, Birmingham*
  • Blackburn College, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Boston High School, Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Brine Leas High School, Nantwich, Cheshire
  • Capital City Academy, London*
  • City Academy, Bristol*
  • Four Dwellings High School, Birmingham*
  • Gateway College, Hamilton, Leicestershire
  • Globe Academy, London *
  • Holywell High School, Flintshire, Wales
  • Pool Business Enterprise College, Pool, Cornwall
  • Roundwood Park School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • Shelfield Community Academy, Walsall, West Midlands
  • Valentines High School, Ilford, Essex
  • Warden Park School, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
  • Westminster Academy, London*
  • Weston Sixth Form College, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

* 10 schools from Debate Mate’s programme.
Note: 11 schools are from the House of Lords’ roster of schools who have requested a Peers in Schools visit.

Image: Robert Clack School, Essex, mentored by Lord Norton of Louth – fully appointed option. Parliamentary copyright