Two secondary school students have been chosen to be finalists in a public speaking competition.

Year 10 students Mia and Charlotte will represent Roding Valley High School from Loughton at the Regional Final West Essex Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge.

The competition requires students to deliver a speech on a topic of their choice and are judged on their delivery.

Khaver Ehsan, English teacher and project leader, said: “This is a great challenge for the students to take part in and it’s an added bonus seeing their excitement over the success we have had in previous years.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the original, creative, and inspiring speeches that I know our students will deliver.”

The pupils were chosen following a day long workshop held at the school, which saw 30 pupils put forward by their English teachers.

The girls were whittled down to the top four where they battled it out in front of Year 7 students during assembly.

Runner-up students Evie and Megan will act as supporting reserves for the Regional Final event.

Year 10 student Charlotte said: “Before the Speak Out Challenge I had a nervous outlook on public speaking, however the programme helped build my skills in manageable steps, so my confidence has grown a lot now.”

AC Gaskell, guest speaker, said: “It’s always a pleasure working here at Roding Valley High School and the school has an amazing record of success in this competition – may it continue.”

Roding Valley High School will be hosting the inter-school Regional Finals on Wednesday, April at 6:30pm – 8:30pm.