Ryburn pupils act in courtroom drama

Students from Ryburn Valley High School
Students from Ryburn Valley High School
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Ryburn Valley High School are making their own courtroom drama after reaching the final stages of the Magistrates Mock Trail competition.

Pupils from the school will be competing at the national final of the event at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Saturday, June 22 after seeing off competition from comprehebnsive and grammar schools across Yorkshire.

More than 3,000 schools across the country entered the competition, in which each student is given a role, such as magistrate, defence and prosecution lawyers and witnesses and have to act out a pre-conceived trial.

The objective is to bring the trial to what they believe would be the outcome through learning scripts, improvising and communicating the scenario to a public audience.

Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates’ Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.

Gary Baxendale, head of drama at the school, said: “This is a wonderful accolade for Calderdale and Ryburn Valley High School, with the pupils gaining practical and analytical skills in preparation for university.”