Students from Upton Court won the regional heat of the Mock Trial competition at Reading Magistrates Court on Saturday 11th March.
Students at the school had been preparing their case and were ready to compete against seven other schools. In readiness for this competition they had to learn about the rule of law, the role of the Magistrate Court and also the legal implications for the case. Students were divided into two teams, in round one the team defended the case and, in round two, a different team prosecuted.
The case, prepared by the Citizenship Foundation, was of a young person accused of entering a friend's home and taking a Play Station. Students demonstrated a good understanding of what constitutes burglary and of court proceedings as they took on different roles in order to support the team.
Having defeated 27 other schools in the regional heat, the students aged 12 to 14 will now progress onto the regional finals on 13 May, with the ambition to progress to the National Finals in Nottingham to be held in June 2017.
Upton Court Grammar School Principal said “I always enjoy seeing our students perform. They spoke eloquently, demonstrated excellent questioning techniques and understanding of the law. The judges concluded that our team was ahead of the rest and declared them well deserving winners.”
ITV News also covered the event – click the link below to watch the televised news report.
Students outside steps of Reading Magistrates Court with teacher Simone Balani (top right).