SALISBURY girls who enjoy a good argument will be joining like minds in a regional debating final.

On Thursday, a team of girls from The Godolphin School in Salisbury will travel to Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the South Regional Final of the Institute of Ideas’ Debating Matters competition.

On the agenda are questions such as whether the UK should ban the smacking of children, whether commercial surrogacy in developing countries is exploitative and whether attempts to radically expand the human lifespan should be welcomed or feared.

A panel of judges will be asking tough questions of the debaters, requiring them to clarify what they mean and to defend their positions.

If the Godolphin girls are successful they will win their way to the national final at the British Library in June. They have already beaten three other schools in the qualifying round.

The schools that Godolphin will be up against in the regional final are: Queen Mary’s College from Basingstoke; Park House School from Newbury; Chenderit School from Middleton Cheney; Magdalen College School from Oxford and Ribston Hall High School from Gloucester.