Girls make their case in courtroom
THIRTEEN pupils from Ashford’s Highworth Grammar School for Girls appeared in court at the weekend – and all left with broad smiles on their faces.
They had been taking part in the Kent final of the national mock trial competition which they won for the second year running by beating a strong challenge from Sir Joseph Williamson Maths school at Rochester, Archers Court, Dover and Oakwood Boys Grammar in Maidstone.
Organised by the Citizenship Foundation, with magistrates and court staff, the competition aims to introduce young people to the legal system.
In the final, at Medway Magistrates Court, the girls had to take on the roles of lawyers and prosecution and defence witnesses, magistrates and court staff for a specially-written criminal case contributed by the RSPCA, involving a neglected rabbit.
Their public-speaking skills were judged by real magistrates and legal professionals, watched by guest of honour and long-serving magistrate, High Sheriff of Kent Amanda Cottrell, who presented the prizes. The winning Highworth girls were Johanna Forseen, Katherine Foder, Terrie Watts, Natasha Asteraki-Speer (lawyers), Jordan Connor, Faith Gosden, Sherry Wilson (magistrates), Grace Holme, Maryam Khalil, JemmaJane Sturley, Charlotte Wakelin (witnesses), Caecelia Dance (clerk of court) and Anna Thorogood (court usher).
Pupils from Highworth Grammar School take part in the mock trial competition