Legal Eagles compete in Reading!

Last term, OSA’s team won through to the Regional Final of the 2018-19 Mock Magistrates Competition – and on Saturday 18 May, they were at Reading Crown Court for the next round.

The team of 14 students from Years 7-9 proved themselves articulate and persuasive in their roles as prosecutors, defence lawyers, magistrates and so on – and those playing the witnesses, the victim and the accused were portrayed beautifully! They all deserve congratulations and the feedback from Berkshire Magistrates who ran and judged the competition was very flattering.

The competition allows students to learn from the inside how the justice system works. They have access to court rooms usually denied them, and work with legal professionals to improve their verbal and team skills. It’s a time-consuming and involved process both to take part and to train teams for this competition, and we thank Miss Morris and Mr Birch for their time and commitment.

Despite the OSA team’s talents, in the end this year didn’t prove their year for victory – and we wish teams from Ranelagh and The Holt Schools every success in the National Final.

Preparation for next year’s competition begins in October – and any interested Year 7 or 8 students, perhaps considering applying for Law at university, should talk to Miss Morris.