On Monday 22 September, a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students visited the Royal Courts of Justice to take part in a mock trial which took place in 1930. Each student was allocated a role within the courtroom. Sam Thacker played the part of the judge with relish, and Brooke Nial played the part of the defendant who was on trial for murder so well that I was prepared to acquit her. The jury on the other hand had other ideas and convicted her. The penalty for murder in those days was death by hanging.
Other students played key roles extremely well, such as the prosecution and defence barristers. The students also dressed up in robes and wigs and really looked the part.
After the trial the students were taken to look round the costume gallery, where they saw different styles of robes for each type of judge. When we went back to the court the students met a real high court judge who regaled them with tales of his exploits throughout his career. The students also asked him a series of very pertinent and interesting questions.
The students were a credit to themselves and the Academy; in fact the organiser at the courts told us that they were the best group they had ever had!!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs King and Mr Peprah for accompanying me on this very interesting day out.