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Extra curricular activities for Sixth Form Year 12 students and Year 9 Students

Presdales entered the Bar Mock Trial Competition five years ago. It is now a yearly opportunity for Year 12 students to participate in this National Competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation.

Two criminal cases, specially written for the competition, are studied in detail and students take the part of Barristers, Witnesses, Court Officials and Jury members. After many weeks of practice the drama is played out in real Crown Courts  across the country. We usually attend Chelmsford Crown Court. The competition requires our Prosecution team to compete against the Defence team of another school. This requires students to think on their feet and give pertinent replies to unexpected questions. A degree of acting ability is necessary but the chief characteristic is an ability to speak confidently and with authority, as well as a thorough understanding of the law as it relates to the particular case.

All students find the day enjoyable and challenging. They meet with other students but learn a lot about their own ability to reach heights of competence they never imagined themselves capable of.

In 2013, Presdales entered the Magistrates’ Mock Trial which is for Junior School members. A team of Year 9 students travelled to Basildon to take part in the Eastern Region competition. They performed exceptionally well and went through to the Regional Final. Their confidence and understanding of the law was impressive and they narrowly missed the National Final.

Both teams have performed a shortened version of a Court Case in School Assemblies so that other students may be inspired to take part in future years.