Pupils from the sixth form gained a unique insight into the workings of the justice system as they acted as barristers and witnesses in this year’s Sir Rhys Davies mock trial competition.
Held in a real courtroom in front of professional judges at Manchester crown court, our pupils achieved two positive verdicts from the juries in their “trials” but just missed out on progressing to the final.
This year, our team benefited from the expert advice of barristers and Old Stopfordians Jonathan Holt and Nigel Booth (OS 1989) who generously gave up their time to prepare the team before the event and lent our pupils wigs and gowns for their day in court.
“Fun and slightly surreal”
History teacher Mr Stuart Moore, who took our pupils along on the day, is already looking forward to next year:
Mock trial is always an exhilarating, fun and slightly surreal day and this year was no exception. The team deserve great credit for how they coped under the pressure and I’m sure they enjoyed the experience.
Our pupils will try again in 2014, when our current fifth year will hopefully be joined by returning members of this year’s team.