Bulmershe legal eagles through to national finalBy Victoria Smith
May 28, 2012
Wokingham pupils were in the dock this month to take part in a mock trial competition.
Children from Bulmershe School in Woodley will be heading to the national final of the contest after coming second in the Thames Valley final on Saturday, May 14.
The regional final at Reading Crown Court saw Bulmershe face competition from local schools, including Kendrick School in Reading and The Holt School in Wokingham.
Overall winner on the day was the team from Kendrick, but both first and second placed teams will compete at the national final at Nottingham Magistrates Court in June.
The Patron of the Berkshire competition, the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire Charles Brims, presented prizes to the winning regional teams and signed certificates to every pupil taking part in the final.
The teams of 12 to 14-year-olds took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff in two cases – one about handling stolen goods and one about the illegal selling of Olympic Games tickets.
Competing against other schools in a real courtroom, as prosecution and defence, their performance was judged by magistrates and legal professionals.
As well as being an interesting and engaging opportunity to actively explore specific legal issues, the competition, now in its 18th year, enables teachers to deliver key elements of the citizenship curriculum, while developing students’ skills of analysis, communication and team work.