High Tunstall School pupils off to Birmingham after being named legal-eagle champions

Magistrate John Jenkins with High Tunstall College of Science pupil Kate Todd-Davies and her fellow students to the Hartlepool Magistrates Court
Magistrate John Jenkins with High Tunstall College of Science pupil Kate Todd-Davies and her fellow students to the Hartlepool Magistrates Court

A TEAM of bright young students will represent the North-East after winning their way to the final of a national mock trial competition.

The teenagers from High Tunstall College of Science won the contest’s regional final in Bedlington after beating local heat winners from as far afield as Northumberland and the Lake District and Cumbria.

The young legal eagles will now compete in the final of the Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial competition in Birmingham next month.

The students, from the Gifted and Talented programme, take on the roles of magistrates, prosecution and defence lawyers, as well as court officers, witnesses and defendants.

John Leary, a lead teacher, said: “We were delighted to win at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in March and then to win at Bedlington is fantastic.”

Sarah Forster, head of communications faculty, added: “The whole school is behind the team. Staff, parents and the entire school community are delighted with our progress.”

The students earlier practiced their skills at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Headteacher Mark Tilling added: “The team has performed to a very high standard and we go to Birmingham with a sense of steely determination.”