The Leys School carried home the regional prize in the Rotary Club’s ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, triumphing against stiff competition

A team of three Sixth Form pupils from The Leys School, Cambridge have been named regional winners of ‘Youth Speaks’, the Rotary Club Youth Public Speaking competition. Ellie M, Sienna H and Georgia D delivered their winning 15-minute presentation on the theme of ‘why marriage is outdated’.

They were competing against strong opposition from St Albans’ Girls School and Stamford High School in the regional finals and the girls’ victory follows their success in the district finals, which was held earlier, against teams from St Joseph’s College, Ipswich and The Perse. The competition has been run by the Rotary Club since 1988 and provides the opportunity for teams to build their confidence and ambition.

The Leys School's debating team crowned regional champions
Ellie, Sienna and Georgia carried home the cup for The Leys after triumphing in a debate on the theme ‘why marriage is outdated’

Anna Garrett, Head of English at The Leys, says: “We are so proud of the team, who retained the same winning formula of eloquence, humour and teamwork as they have done throughout the competition.

“They saved their best performance for the final and the way they worked with one another in answering questions was a remarkable feat of collaboration. The other teams were by far the strongest we had faced, and I think we were all aware that getting this far in the competition was a remarkable achievement in itself. Nevertheless, when The Leys were announced victorious, our team and the parents supporting them were absolutely thrilled.”

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