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Ridgewood sixth formers' victory is not up for debate

Congratulations to Ridgewood's Year 12 students on their victory in a recent Mock Trial Competition at Sheffield Hallam University.

This week, a group of Ridgewood’s Year 12 students participated in a prestigious inter-school Mock Trial Competition at Sheffield Hallam University. The students involved in the debate were supported and encouraged throughout by their peers from the A Level Politics class who also attended the session to observe, accompanied by Mrs Rhodes and Mr Carlin.

The team from Ridgewood were up against a group from Chesterfield College, and were tasked with arguing the motion that “No Platform Policies damage free speech”. All the students in the group had just three minutes each to present their opinions, and then worked collaboratively to rebut their opposition’s arguments.

Teams faced a tough judging panel which consisted of two working solicitors and a Professor of Law from Sheffield Hallam. After much deliberation and a nervous wait, the judges agreed unanimously that Ridgewood won the debate and should go through to the semi-finals! The judges praised a wide range of aspects of Ridgewood’s performance, and were particularly impressed by:

  • The excellent, confident delivery of all the students
  • The effort they had clearly put in to presenting well-researched arguments
  • The way the students counter-argued the points made by the team from Chesterfield
  • The professional attire worn by both the team and observers

The team (Lucy Taylor, Isabelle Culshaw, Elivia Carr, Harry Holbrey, Hannah Follows and Essivi Kossi) and the observers conducted themselves in a superb manner throughout the day and should all be very proud of themselves. We look forward to the next round!