Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge

Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ Challenge is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The Foundation work with schools to help develop the skills, confidence and desire for young people to speak in public.

The training scheme is offered to 25 students in every school in London and Essex in Year 10. Within each Borough, just 20 students were picked to participate in the Regional Finals. We were honoured that our Year 10 student, Douaa, was picked to represent us.

The Regionals took place on 6th December at Phoenix Academy in Shepherd’s Bush. Staff and students attended the event to show support for Douaa and also to Seliman and Connor – Year 10 students from Fulham College Boys’ School.

The speeches, passion and confidence that we heard from every young person was truly astonishing and it was a night that will be remembered. Douaa wowed the audience with her speech “Words Hurt” – securing herself second place! Seliman, with his speech “Man Up?”, ensured he was able to take home the 3rd place trophy.

Douaa’s speech was inspirational, powerful and the audience were completely captivated by her words. We are extremely proud of her efforts and will continue to encourage her natural talent for public speaking.