‘People need cheap food so it doesn’t matter how we look after farm animals’ was the hot topic debated by prizewinning Year 9 pupils at Long Sutton’s Peele Community College.
Their debate had been entered into a National Competition organised by the RSPCA, in order to raise awareness of animal cruelty.
Dr Glenys Dawkins, the teacher of the Thinking and Reasoning Group, was thrilled when she discovered the group had won the first prize.
She said: “This is the first year that we have run a course at Peele Community College on ‘Thinking and Reasoning Skills’ so we are delighted that we have bagged the first prize.
“The students with the winning entry will be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to the London Pet Show Live at Earl’s Court, so that is going to be something to look forward to.”
Cindy Grant, the Head of Education for the RSPCA (Eastern Region), came into college to present the group with their certificates and prizes.
She said the judges were impressed with the high quality of the research that had been carried out, and this was the main reason that they won.
The winning students are: Lauren Blaxill, Alice Dennis, Patrycja Gajda, Olivia Hall, Charles Hargreaves, Leanne Kerry, Chloe Lee, Oliver Rawlins, Jacob Stonely and Tyler Stubbings.