Last Saturday, the Mock Trial team competed in the first round of the Magistrates’ Mock Trial competition. Students from both years eight and nine arrived at Doncaster Magistrates’ court in the morning, eager for the exciting day ahead.
As parents, teachers and court staff watched from the public gallery, the defending team, from Handsworth Grange College in Sheffield, took to their places in the courtroom. Hall Cross Academy’s prosecuting team kicked off the trial with the defendant being identified and questioned by the Academy’s Legal Adviser. The trial made for exciting viewing throughout, with both teams putting forward excellent arguments for their side of the case. When the trial ended, the teams congratulated one another on their outstanding performances.
Shortly after the first round, Hall Cross Academy’s defence team were up. Greeted by their opposition, Rossington All Saints Academy, the team found their places, and the second round commenced. Once again, spectators were on the edge of their seats as students from both teams gave evidence to sway the Magistrates’ verdict.
The teams displayed professionalism throughout the trial, and their enthusiasm was intoxicating.
After all the trials were completed, the five competing schools gathered for the address from the Civic Mayor of Doncaster and the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire. Students waited in anticipation as the scores were counted. After a tense wait, Hall Cross Academy were revealed as the winners!
A great day was had by all, and we are looking forward to the next round in May.