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On Friday 26 February, the School’s Lower Sixth politics pupils visited the UK Supreme Court to take part in a ‘debate day’.
Pupils were able to access not just the court and its history in general, but to take part in a debate in court number one. The pupils were divided into three teams; judges, appellants and respondents. With the help of three barristers each team prepared their arguments and then made their case in the chamber itself.
The complex arguments were well put and the judges asked clever and incisive questions as the outcome seemed in the balance. In the end the judges sided 4-3 for the respondents with a cleverly argued summary, but there was also a well-made ‘dissenting judgement’ by one judge.
Head of Politics at St John’s Julian Thomas said: ‘As the barristers themselves agreed, it was an excellent and high level debate in which all the St John’s pupils performed with distinction. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and enriching day that many will remember for quite some time.’
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