Four Blessed Trinity students tested their debating skills  – and were unlucky not to progress further in a national competition.

Millie, Gregory, Shakira and Emma attended the PiXL debating event at Manchester Grammar School.

The competition takes place across four regions: North-West, North-East, South-West and South-East.

Blessed Trinity were up against 13 other schools in the North-West section and took part in three debates with the two highest scoring teams competing in a debate for a position in the nationals.

The teams had to discuss sensory music and international adoption, subjects they had prepared, and then had to think on their feet for a banning child beauty pageants debate.

“Blessed Trinity successfully won two out of three debates,” said teacher Phil Park.

“Although we didn’t get through, the pupils performed exceptionally well, particularly during the impromptu debate on child beauty pageants.

“Overall, the event has proven to be a fantastic endeavour which has highlighted the versatility of our pupils in the field of public speaking.”