School diplomats for the day

Ackworth students Hester Plant and Pippa Pudney.
Ackworth students Hester Plant and Pippa Pudney.

DIPLOMATS-IN-TRAINING took part in a fiery debate at a regional United Nation-style meeting.

Students from Ackworth School joined 100 youngsters from across Yorkshire to tackle tough competition at a conference at Bradford Grammar School.

Ackworth youngster Hester Plant was joined by Pippa Pudney from Castleford and Ella White from Pontefract in testing their political prowess at the model United Nations event, by debating how best to eliminate discrimination against women.

Hester, 16, said: ‘It was difficult putting aside personal beliefs and acting empathetically in order to compete, but it was worth it as we managed to get nominated for a prize for the best contribution.”

Sixty countries were represented in the debating competition which was designed to mirror the UN’s general assembly.

The students represented China and Greece during the one-day project and presented their views on the discussion before voting on a resolution.

Alex Collingwood, history teacher at the school, said: “It was a privilege to judge on such a competitive and exciting event.

“The model United Nations event enables students to understand how diplomatic decisions are made at an international level.”