During a recent weekend, Years 8 and 9 competed in the Magistrates Mock Trial. The competition consisted of eight schools, all competing against each other at High Wycombe Magistrates Court, trying to qualify for regionals.

In this competition, we had a team of thirteen people. This included witnesses, lawyers, magistrates, an usher and a legal advisor. Each role was equally important.

We prepared for months, learning our roles, learning our statements and doing run-throughs over and over again. In the end, all the work paid off, we retained the cup for the best Magistrates, but unfortunately, narrowly missed out on qualifying.

It was a great event and I learned a lot about how a court works and how to be a good lawyer or a magistrate. Also, a great experience for us to think about when we are making our career choices.

The team and I would like to thank everyone who guided and supported us, but especially Miss Cronin and Mrs Woodhouse who attended and organised every meeting. I thoroughly look forward to competing again next year.