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Penwith College Student wins The Historical Associations UK wide Great Debate!


Congratulations to Kit Renshaw-Hammond, for winning the final of the Historical Associations Great Debate held at Windsor Castle last month.

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Published Thursday 7 April 2022

Kit competed in a hard fought contest against students from across the country in a debate entitled “The 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II has seen global and widespread changes including in: societal infrastructure, industry, rural life, the environment and ideas. Which changes of the last 70 years have affected your local area the most?”

The judges, Professor Peter Mandler (HA President), Dr Katharine Burn (HA Deputy President) and Tim Knox (Director of the Royal Collection), surmised that “our young people in the UK are very well informed and passionate about where they live and the wider world around them. It was a wonderful reminder that young people across the nations are aware of history and understand how that is connected to the world around them.”

Elle Wheatley, Programme Team Leader for A Levels at Penwith said, “All the A Level lecturers at Penwith College are absolutely thrilled for Kit and very proud of his incredible success. He was so thoroughly prepared and chose to speak on a weighty issue affecting Cornwall – second homes and the housing crisis – which set his speech apart from the other competitors in terms of content and brought into consideration not only problems in Cornwall but also a viable solution, which he presented with excellent clarity. He drew on the American dream concept to illuminate the contested British dream of home ownership and was able to underpin this with complex ideas about national identity which had emerged in the eighteenth century, whilst listeners and opponents in the debate were made fully aware of the immediacy of the crisis today.

Kit is an absolutely awesome student with phenomenal talent, and we are excited to see where his love of learning takes him and are ready to support him in any way to achieve his goals. He fully deserves the national recognition he has won in this competition – congratulations Kit!.”

More details about the other winners can be found here The Great Debate Final 2022 / Secondary / Historical Association (history.org.uk)

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