On Saturday 9 November, Looe Community Academy entered a team of Year 11 students into the Local Heat of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2019. The heat was held at Plymouth Crown Court where HHJ Johnson, HHJ Climie and Barristers Rupert Taylor and Holly Rust presided as the judges. Some 238 schools nationwide take part in this competition where 15-18 year olds take on the main roles found in criminal trials and compete against opposing teams from other schools to defend and prosecute specially written cases. As Looe does not have a sixth form, our Year 11s entered a team and were the youngest group in the local heat. Other teams taking part were Callywith College, Truro and Penwith College, Petroc A&S, Plymstock School, Plymouth High School for Girls and The Woodroffe School. It was pleasing to see three Looe school leavers, who now attend Callywith to study Alevel law, were competing and came second to Plymouth High School for Girls who won the day. The Looe Community Academy defence team and prosecuting team both managed to win their criminal cases and gave an excellent performance; although not winners, the Looe students left the competition in very high spirits knowing that they had given a great performance and they rightly, felt very proud of themselves.

The judges expressed how impressed they were by the standard of the young people’s performances and that they had obviously worked really hard at their roles and said that they felt the judiciary would be in good hands going forward.

In the group photo below are students, His Honour Judge Climie, Barrister Emma Cross (LCA mentor from Devon Chambers) and myself (Mrs Owen).