Lord Chancellor hails Colyton Grammar School winners of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition
The Bar National Mock Trial Competition reached its climax on Saturday, when Colyton Grammar School, Devon, took first prize in the 14th year of the prestigious Bar National Mock Trial Competition. Boswells School, Essex were runners up.The competition, organised by the Bar Council and the Citizenship Foundation, took place at Bristol Crown Court and was judged by senior members of the judiciary and the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer.
The Colyton Grammar School team emerged as winners after pitting their legal skills against fifteen other schools from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; all of whom had secured their places in the final after hard-fought regional contests.
Ms Frances Allan, a teacher from Colyton School who worked closely with team, said after Saturday’s awards: "The Competition has both stimulated and engaged our students, who have had a wonderful time preparing for it. My team were delighted with the result, and very much enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the judges who sat on their rounds. I feel that the competition is an excellent way of supporting citizenship in schools and I should like to see many more becoming involved."
The Lord Chancellor, presenting the award, said:
"Well done to the winning team from Colyton School. I was very impressed to see such a high standard from both teams in the final. The legal system is important in any civilised society as it protects people and offers them justice. By participating in this competition, the students will have experienced the work that goes on in court and how legal decisions that affect people in their community are made. I am very pleased to be able to support it."
Speaking after the competition, Guy Mansfield QC, Chairman of the Bar said:
"The competition, which has been running for 14 years, continues to provide young people with an essential insight into the legal system, and the importance of a fair and effective system of justice. It was wonderful that so many talented young people participated in the competition, and my congratulations go to all those who took part. All those involved with the competition have been consistently impressed by the standard of entries, and the enthusiasm of the schools."
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Notes for editors:The Bar Council is the regulatory and representative body for barristers in England and Wales: www.barcouncil.org.uk; www.legaleducation.org.uk.
The Bar Council of Northern Ireland is the regulatory and representative body for barristers in Northern Ireland: www.barcouncil-ni.org.uk
The Faculty of Advocates is the regulatory and representative body for advocates in Scotland: www.advocates.org.uk
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no. 801360) working throughout the UK and overseas to promote more effective citizenship through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it aims to empower people, particularly the young and disadvantaged, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to engage positively with their communities.
More than 2,000 students from 154 schools took part in the regional heats throughout the UK.
The Grand Final was judged by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.
The 16 finalist schools were:
Newstead Wood School, Orpington; Ysgol Tre-Gib, Ffarfach; St Bernard's Convent School, Slough; Altrincham Girls' Grammar School, Bowdon; King Edward VI Handsworth School, Birmingham; Kesteven & Grantham Girls' School, Grantham; The Boswells School, Chelmsford; St Mary's Grammar School Road, Magherafelt; Kyle Academy, Ayr; St Edward's College, Liverpool; Runshaw College, Leyland; Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham; Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham; Eggbuckland Community College, Plymouth; Boston Spa School, Boston Spa; Colyton Grammar School, Colyton.