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Year 9 Junior Mock Trial

After coming an impressive second in a competition against Peterborough and Northamptonshire Schools, Year 9 students are now preparing to pit their legal wits against each other.

Practice sessions have begun for the Junior Magistrates Mock Trial which will see the prosecution and defence teams take each other on.

The day of judgement will be June 29th, when BHE Vice Principal Lorraine Smith will join friendly barrister Gareth Jacques on the magistrates bench.

BHE Teacher Kirsty Farrar, who has been helping the students, said due to the success achieved so far there would be an in house competition to build upon the skills students had learnt from the competition.

She said: "I began this event with the students as I feel it is an event that encourages confidence, team work and public speaking."I spoke to a couple of students who were participating in the trial Charlotte Bean (who is taking on a  Defence Lawyer role)  and James Fyvie (who will act as  Prosecution Lawyer). They said they were having fun and that being able to take part in something as important as this would be a good learning experience for them now and later in life.

James Fyvie and Charlotte Bean (pictured opposite) will be among the students taking part.

Article by Lily Taitia - Year 10 Student Reporter