STUDENTS showed off their debating skills in an event hosted by North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis.

The politician hosted the Cherwell Democracy Challenge on Friday, November 5, which saw pupils from secondary schools around the area come together to battle it out.

North Oxfordshire Academy, Sibford School, The Warriner and The Bicester School were among those to take part in the event, which was sponsored by Cherwell District Council.

It was the MP's seventh year hosted the annual Cherwell Democracy Challenge, which marked the end of UK Parliament Week 2021.

Ms Prentis said: “I always look forward to my Cherwell Democracy Challenge. It is a fantastic way for local students to take part in engaging debate during UK parliament week. With last year’s challenge taking place virtually, it was wonderful to have students back in-person for a lively day of debating.”

Rounds one and two saw teams debate environmental protests and artificial intelligence. After a very competitive morning and much deliberation between the judges, North Oxfordshire Academy and Sibford School reached the final.

After debating the final motion on nuclear weaponry, Sibford School walked away as this year’s champions.

Prentis said: “It was a truly fun day and was very encouraging to see so many young people engaged. All students articulated their points with such confidence, and I was impressed with how much they knew”.

She added: “It was truly humbling to see so many young people use their voice in such a positive and empowering way."