MAYFLOWER High School, Billericay almost swept the board at a public speaking competition organised by Billericay Rotary Club.
Teams from the school came first and second in the intermediate category of the speaking competition, which was held at the Billericay School, in School Road.
Mayflower also finished runner up to Burnham-on-Crouch secondary school, St Peter’s High, in the senior category.
The public speaking competiton involved teams from Mayflower High School, St Peter’s High School and the Billericay School.
Trevor Stansfield, of Billericay Rotary Club, said the general standard of competition was very high.
He said: “The standard of speaking was excellent.
“The amount of research they did about their subjects, and the confidence they had was fantastic.”
Mr Stansfield said the judges had a very difficult job picking a winner.
He said: “I’ve judged this competition before and l am glad I wasn’t a judge this year.”
The topics debated at the event included self harm, love and hate, dealing with dyslexia, political correctness and the Chinese fur trade.
The winners and runners up from both competitions will go forward to the area finals at Brentwood Council chamber.
The finals will be held on February 5, from 6pm.