With PCC Coppinger are Durham PCC Ron Hogg, Headteacher Pamela Hanrahan and Craig Hannaway. Students are Harry Twohig, Jessica Peter, Joseph McGowan, Joseph Burnett, Megan Weal, Jack Grahamn, Maisy Woodcock.
Student ‘legal eagles’ have given a presentation to the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) on what they have learnt about the criminal justice system throughout a national competition.
The students from St Peters School in South Bank entered the national Mock Trial Competition earlier this year and were finalists in the competition, gaining the highest position ahead of all other north east schools that took part.
Those schools participating in the Mock Trial Competition have to submit a team of two barristers, a solicitor, two witnesses and a Magistrates Clerk for both the prosecution and defence teams.
The students performed excerpts from their mock trial to the LCJB, including Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger, for Cleveland, and Durham PCC Ron Hogg, on Tuesday 1 December, at the school.
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “The national Mock Trial Competition is a great way to get young people involved in learning about the criminal justice system.
“It’s really important that young people understand how the system works and it’s also important that we continue to engage them in learning about it. I was really looking forward to seeing and hearing what the students have learnt and it sounds like they really enjoyed themselves throughout the competition. Well done to them.”
Head Teacher, Mrs.Pamela Hanrahan, said: “We are a vastly improving and oversubscribed school and a large part of the attraction for parents is our excellent academic results. In addition to this we prepare our students to go on to become active and involved citizens in their adult lives.
“We ensure that students are aware of their rights and responsibilities and we provide extensive opportunity for our students to know about the law and the legal system. In this sense we are promoting a holistic education of our students.
“We are delighted to host the Local Criminal Justice Board. I hope that the Board Members will be impressed by the quality of the presentation that our students delivered.”
Posted on Friday 4th December 2015