Debating teams at a Bury St Edmunds school are talking up their achievements after a run of success.
Members of King Edward VI School’s debating society are competing at the highest level after making it through to the next round of the English Speaking Union and Cambridge Union contests.
Head Geoff Barton said: “We established our debating society 10 years ago and it now has a national reputation, competing against the top schools at the UK’s most prestigious debating tournaments.”
Their team at the School of Orianteal and African Studies, University of London, contest were knocked out in a tough battle by Eton and St Paul’s Girls School.
For the first time ever, the school’s mock trial team has reached the national finals of the Bar Council contest, which will be held at the Old Bailey in March.
The society is made up of more than 50 students, who meet after school every Friday. Each summer, two students attend the national coaching residential at Oakhma School.
Mr Barton added: “There won’t be many schools where on a Friday night 50 students stay behind for tea, biscuits and an almighty row.
“It’s a sign of just how seriously our students take the art of debating.”