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Students at Yarm School have put forward their argument for national success after its debating team reached the regional final of a national schools competition.

The team, consisting of Adya Trivedi, Eve Mason-Howell and Saurabh Sharma, who are all in the school’s Lower Sixth Form, was placed first in the regional semi-final of the English Speaking Union Mace debating competition at Farnley Academy, in Leeds, after winning their quarter-final heat.

Adam Bridges, Languages teacher at Yarm School, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the team, who have come up against some tough competition in the region. It is down to our students’ hard work and determination – both in the classroom and through practising outside of school hours – and hopefully they can build on their excellent semi-final performance and advance to the nationals, which would be fully deserved.”

David Dunn, Headmaster of Yarm School, said: “Reaching the regional final in such a prestigious competition is a fantastic effort and our debating team should be extremely proud. Academic competitions like the English Speaking Union Mace debating competition inspire students to future success in higher education and beyond, and I would like to wish our team all the very best in the final.”