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The North School

A Message from the Headteacher


National Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 22nd November, a 6th form team from The North School travelled to Snarebrook Crown Court in London to compete in the annual National Bar Mock Trial Competition. Some students took on the role of prosecution and defence barrister whilst others appeared as witnesses, defendants and court clerks. The school only narrowly missed out on a place in the National finals and comments from the judges such as “very professional” and “really impressed” peppered the judgement sheets.

 To advocate, give speeches and witness testimony in a real court competing against other school and in front of serving judges was a challenge for our team but each and every one of them acquitted themselves with dignity, humour and professionalism.

 To help prepare for the competition, criminal defence barrister Mr. Roy Brown came to The North School on Wednesday 12th November and gave the team valuable tips and ideas. Mr Brown was also an entertaining font of knowledge in regards to life as a criminal defence barrister and the kind of cases and defendants he regularly deals with. His visit confirmed to some of the Law students that Law was a subject they definitely wished to study at a degree level.   

 Participating team members were, Ellis Finn, Chloe Stone, Charly Macdonald, Lauren Smith, Adam Lilley, Alice Tomlinson, Jake Allcock, Luke Brooks, Jonathan Cooper, Andrew Bruce, Alex Wong,  Craig Sherwood, Cara Hall and Amber Court.