Bar Mock Trial Competition
Our students yet again did us proud at the Young Citizens Bar Mock Trial Competition on Saturday.
It took place at Leeds Beckett University, Rose Bowl and once the trauma of accessing the car parks and navigating the road works within the city centre had been accomplished, we all knuckled down to the task in hand!
The students have met every Thursday after school since October to be allocated their roles, learn the facts about the cases and prepare for the actual trial. There was a lot to do for everyone, including the prosecution & defence barristers, ushers, court reporters, clerks, jury, defendant & witness'. This was no small task, in a relatively short period. We were also allocated a mentor from within criminal law, Mr Singh, a criminal lawyer who is also Head of Chambers at Sheffield. He ran two virtual workshops guiding the students through the cases, passing on his extensive experience and he also very kindly supported us on Saturday attending the actual competition.
There were two rounds each scored and the two schools with the most points participated in the final. Unfortunately, on this occasion, we just missed out. The overall winners were Greenhead College and Immanuel College, both with Post 16 students. We will learn our actual position in the next few days.
All the judges said they were blown away by the level of professionalism and enthusiasm shown by all the students who took part in the competition. In addition, Mr Singh has offered a placement for Tom our year 13 student, who wants to progress into Law as well as further support for our Law students in the future. He thought they were all brilliant! All students should all be extremely proud of themselves as we are of them.
Thanks also to Ms Pearson, our secret weapon and Ms Murray who also came to cheer us all along, on Saturday.