MORE than 50 schoolchildren have taken part in a county-wide debating competition.

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire Schools debating competition was held at Bosbury CE Primary School, in Ledbury, last month.

Maggie Spence, the school's headteacher and the event organiser, said: "For the third year running we have seen incredibly confident children debating articulately around a range of subjects.

"This is an annual event showcasing the skills of the amazing young people in our schools."

Pupils from St Barnabas CE Primary and Stanley Road Primary, in Worcester, took part along with those from Great Malvern Primary, Bosbury CE Primary, Ledbury Primary, Ashperton Primary and Colwall CE Primary.

The competition was won by a team of six children from Eastnor CE Primary after a debate about whether computers replace teachers.

The competition was judged by author Steve Elsworth, Jason Stanton, a cyber bulling expert and Melanie Baker, a Malvern councillor.

Coun Baker said: "It was my absolute pleasure, the children are wonderful and a real credit to the schools and their teachers who have done a fabulous job of teaching and preparing the children.

"I look forward to being asked again next year."