Presdales Girls at the Inner London Crown Court
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Fifteen Sixth Form girls appeared at the Inner London Crown Court on Saturday 21st November but they were not on trial. They were taking part in the Bar Mock Trial competition which is a national event organised by the Citizenship Foundation in conjunction with the Bar Council – the Barristers professional body.
Since September the girls had been preparing two criminal cases and now was their chance to play the part of Barristers, Witnesses as well as the Court Clerk, Usher and Jury members. The Prosecution team from Presdales took on the Defence team from Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School Barnet. The boys stood no chance against the girls and as Megan Jenkins remarked, when she left the Court Room an hour later, “We smashed it!” The next school was Newham Collegiate Sixth Form College and although the Presdales witnesses experienced some aggressive questioning, they stood their ground and came out with a good result. The third round was against Plashet School from East London and again the girls were clearly in control.
Having reached the Final, the girls came up against Copthall School from Harrow. This time the proceedings were much closer but the Presdales girls came out on top by being pronounced the overall winners. They were presented with a trophy and now have to wait for two weeks to discover if they have reached the National Finals which will be held at the Old Bailey.
Mrs Dale, who prepared the girls for the competition, remarked that the girls showed immense maturity and confidence. “This was a brilliant team effort with everyone giving their best performance. I am extremely proud of them all”.