As part of the Young Tree Champion Programme, we were joined by Jenny from the Speakers Trust who delivered a fabulous full-day outdoor workshop for our KS3 students on the theme of ‘Speaking up for trees and nature’.
30 Key Stage 3 students who successfully completed round 1 were chosen to participate in the workshop. The workshop formed round 2 of our school competition to find our ‘Bishop Ullathorne Speaker of the Year’.

By the end of the day students were challenged to present a 90 second speech on a topic relating to trees and nature the felt passionately about. Jenny had thoroughly inspired our students throughout the day with a varied programme of activities. The standards were incredibly high and our students delivered outstanding performances which were both confident and eloquent. 5 students scored highly against strict judging criteria and will now move through to round 3. Congratulations to: Lexi, Karylle, Mateusz, Jack, and Hilary.

These students will work with the English Department before delivering their speeches to a larger audience where one student will be awarded as this year’s Speaker of the year. Our winner will move forward to a National Competition where they will compete against other schools at the Force for Nature Festival in June.

We are incredibly proud of all students who participated in the workshop and have since received a lovely email from Jenny letting us know our students are brilliant and she was especially impressed by the way they supported each other throughout the day.