Courtroom drama in real court

St Paul's year six pupils pictured with magistrate Sally Rutley.
St Paul's year six pupils pictured with magistrate Sally Rutley.

SPALDING’S St Paul’s Primary School was the first to take up an invitation for a guided tour round the town’s courthouse.

Children in year six were met by four magistrates who directed them down to the cells below the courtroom to hear about how prisoners are held there before trial.

They were led up into court through the dock, getting a defendant’s view of the empty courtroom before they sat down and heard how justice is done and seen to be done.

Next came a mock trial in which boys and girls took the part of magistrates, lawyers for the prosecution and defence, clerk, usher, crime victim and defendant, reading from a script provided by the court.

Year six class teacher Becky Merrill said: “The school was approached by the court and we are piloting these primary school visits. Our year five will be coming to the court next Thursday.

“It fits in very well with our topic this term, which is Changes.”