Congratulations to the team of Sixth Form students who not only entered the Ethics Cup regional tournament for the first time, but also won it!  

The Ethics Cup is run by the Philosophy Department of St Andrew’s University to ‘promote interest in Philosophy among secondary school students and civil discourse on issues of public concern’. It isn’t a debating tournament and is designed to reward not the ability to win an argument but rather the ability to thoughtfully advance debates on ethical issues. Teams must demonstrate breadth and depth of thinking about difficult and important ethical issues and are rewarded for the degree to which they eschew adversarial positioning and instead adopt a more collegial, collaborative stance. 

The Trinity team comprised of Upper Sixth students Ayaan Ratnayaka, Barney Sayburn, Abi Watkins, Fred Turpin, Tom Wilmer, Sophia Wan and Lower Sixth student Rahul Mehan.  

The regional tournament was hosted by Caterham School and our team beat a very strong Simon Langton team in the final 2-1, having also beaten Lady Eleanor Holles in the semi-final 3-0.  

Mrs Beresford-Miller, Head of Religious Studies and who organised the team, said, “It’s unbelievable to think that having never entered this competition, the team went on to win the regional heat. The students were brilliant and worked very well together, we’re very pleased.”  

Well done to all the students who competed.

They will now compete in the final hosted at St Andrews University on Thursday 23 May. A total of 12 schools will compete for the coveted Ethics Cup trophy. 


The judges for the championship match will be: Professor Dame Sally Mapstone FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; Stella Maris, Rector of the University of St Andrews; and Wendy Chamberlain, Member of Parliament for North East Fife. 

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