On Saturday 17th March, 14 students from Year 9 went to Southampton Crown Court to compete in the Hampshire Mock Trials against schools from Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury. Mock Trials competitions give young people the chance to experience the drama of the court room first hand. Students work in teams to prepare their case and then battle it out in a real court room in front of a real judge. Our team of students have practiced for several weeks with some help from a local magistrate and a local Detective Constable.
They each took on the roles of Prosecuting and Defence lawyers, legal adviser, witnesses, court usher and magistrates – writing questions and learning statements, opening and closing speeches and all the court procedures. On the day we were up against other schools – which involved formal court proceedings, cross examinations and tense deliberations to come to a verdict. The judges were experienced magistrates who scored our pupils on accuracy, questioning skills and correct procedure. Our students were amazing. The confidence they showed was phenomenal, they simply excelled themselves. Feedback on the day clearly reflected this.
Even though we weren’t the winning school , the scores were very close and our team felt like winners as they were so inspired by the way things had gone for them and the compliments and personal feedback they got from people on the day. They were presented with certificates by Mary Montague, the high sheriff of Hampshire. It was a very prestigious event to be involved in and very rewarding for the students.