Outstanding students from Clevedon School are among Britain’s best public speakers after winning a prestigious South West region debating competition.

The eight students were one of two teams to win the South West debating forum against schools across the region at the European Youth Parliament at County Hall in Exeter.

The winning students were Hannah Filer, Grace Cherry, Jennifer Carter, Rory McGuigan, Lauren Sharp, Freya Hayles, Ella Gardiner and Jack Banks.

They impressed judges with the arguments, teamwork and style as they debated in depth about a variety of issues that are currently the focus of the European Parliament.

Now the talented students will attend a three day public speaking and debating conference in June along with other regional winners across the UK.

Head Teacher Jim Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this success. Our students were fantastic and really were the standout team in the competition.

“We are so proud – they are a credit to themselves, their families and their school.”