We are the voice of youth

Students at Brooksbank school have won the Rotary 'Youth Speaks' competition and are now Yorkshire Champuions.'The intermediate team won their age group and the senior team were runners up.'Pictured from left are Sophie Bird, 13, Joseph Whiteley, 14 and Luanne Thornton, 13.'In back are David Thompson, 17, Jack Curbishley, 17 and Tom Murphy, 17.
Students at Brooksbank school have won the Rotary 'Youth Speaks' competition and are now Yorkshire Champuions.'The intermediate team won their age group and the senior team were runners up.'Pictured from left are Sophie Bird, 13, Joseph Whiteley, 14 and Luanne Thornton, 13.'In back are David Thompson, 17, Jack Curbishley, 17 and Tom Murphy, 17.
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An Elland school is celebrating after being crowned champions of the Yokshire Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition at the first time of trying.

Brooksbank school won the Yorkshire Trophy after being approached by Elland Rotary Club to enter the competition.

They saw off schools from across the county to lift the trophy at the event in Pickering, North Yorkshire.

The key stage 3 intermediate team, made up of Joe Whiteley, Sophie Bird and Luanne Thornton, won their competition with their speech about hearing and visual impairment.

The senior team of sixth formers David Thompson, Jack Curbishley and Tom Murphy, were runners up to Scaraborough sixth form in the senior competition after their talk on alternative future energy and transport.

The groups were trained by English teachers Nick Shaw and Martin Staples, with the key stage 3 intermediate team due to compete in the regional final at Hull University on Sunday.

Lynne Buckingham, Head of English at Brooksbank, said she was proud of their achievements.

“The competition has been running for ten years so for our students to have won at the first time of entering is particularly impressive,” she said.

“It was a very formal setting with strict time limits regarding how long they could each speak, and they’ve demonstrated their speaking and listening skills very well,” she added.