Both Kingsley teams were  Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, suitin action at Grosvenor Church on Saturday, having won through to the North Devon finals.

Sadly neither team won, but both were up against very strong opposition.

The senior team of Nat, Gabe and Megan gave an excellent presentation on the subject of gender fluidity in fashion and were praised by the judges for being very articulate and persuasive; it was also acknowledged that they had dealt with a very challenging topic.

All students found it a worthwhile experience and, despite their disappointment, are keen to enter the competition again in the future.


The ‘Youth Speaks’ intermediate team has had an eventful journey to arrive at the North Devon Area Finals on Saturday 24th February.

The team composed of Year 8 pupils Fintan, Emily and Toby had progressed past the local heat only to change the main speaker Fintan for Patrick at the last moment. They didn’t let this hinder them though and all four individuals were involved in preparing for the area final.

Patrick, Emily and Toby arrived fresh-faced Saturday morning to face a tough competition, rendered all the more difficult as a result of having the misfortunate of being drawn to go first.

Despite their nerves, all three spoke confidently and passionately on the topic of dog breeding and animal welfare.

The judges commented on the compassion communicated by Patrick’s speech, one judge remarking on his own experience as a dog owner. They were not chosen to progress onward but each of them felt proud of their achievement, a sentiment shared by their coach, Mrs Marquet-Georgiou, and the parents in attendance.

Regardless of the outcome, all of the pupils have found the experience enjoyable and beneficial, allowing them to hone their presenting skills.

Mrs Marquet-Georgiou remarked: “At every stage of the competition I have been impressed by the talent and commitment demonstrated by our pupils and I very much look forward to it all again next year!”

Team coach, Kathryn Makepeace commented, ‘I am very proud of both our teams; they have worked incredibly hard and were a credit to the school. I was particularly impressed by how gracious the senior team were in defeat, being amongst the first to congratulate the winning team and wish them well in the next round. I am also very grateful to Mrs Marquet-Geogiou for giving up her time to coach and support the intermediate team.’