King’s Lynn’s Springwood hope to face trial in New York

Springwood High School mock trials team at the Old Bailey: From left to right @ the back: Molly Seaton, Talhah Malik, Isabelle Franklin, Elliot Simpson, Adam White, Sam Mount. Front left to right: Abi Peters, Rachel Ampomah, Natasha Parker, Sophie Ward, Maisie Coldman, Molly Barlow, Lauren Roberts, Josie bedwell, Isabel Russen. Photo: PAUL CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY ANL-160721-101217001
Springwood High School mock trials team at the Old Bailey: From left to right @ the back: Molly Seaton, Talhah Malik, Isabelle Franklin, Elliot Simpson, Adam White, Sam Mount. Front left to right: Abi Peters, Rachel Ampomah, Natasha Parker, Sophie Ward, Maisie Coldman, Molly Barlow, Lauren Roberts, Josie bedwell, Isabel Russen. Photo: PAUL CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY ANL-160721-101217001

Springwood High School, in Lynn, has been awarded a place at an International Mock Trial competition in New York.

This follows their success at the national final of the Barrister Mock Trial competition at the Old Bailey in London in April.

Springwood High School mock trials team at the Old Bailey: From left to right @ the back: Molly Seaton, Talhah Malik, Isabelle Franklin, Elliot Simpson, Adam White, Sam Mount. Front left to right: Abi Peters, Rachel Ampomah, Natasha Parker, Sophie Ward, Maisie Coldman, Molly Barlow, Lauren Roberts, Josie bedwell, Isabel Russen. Photo: PAUL CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY ANL-160721-101217001

Springwood High School mock trials team at the Old Bailey: From left to right @ the back: Molly Seaton, Talhah Malik, Isabelle Franklin, Elliot Simpson, Adam White, Sam Mount. Front left to right: Abi Peters, Rachel Ampomah, Natasha Parker, Sophie Ward, Maisie Coldman, Molly Barlow, Lauren Roberts, Josie bedwell, Isabel Russen. Photo: PAUL CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY ANL-160721-101217001

The team, who had never entered the competition before, began their journey at the regional heats which were held in Norwich Crown Court in November.

They were the first ‘newcomers’ to ever win the regional heat to qualify.

Coming eighth overall nationally, gave them the chance of applying to the New York event, called Empire.

They are the only UK school to make it through to the internationals in New York.

Hayley Roberts, Springwood High School’s project co-ordinator said: “They are a very hardworking group of young adults who have consistently shown that they are able to grasp complicated tasks with a refreshing enthusiasm and zest. Ahead of us, there will be many challenges – however, I confident in saying that they will approach this challenge with the same mentality as they demonstrated at national level.”

Team member Elliot Simpson, said: ‘Throughout the past year, as a team, we have worked extremely hard to ensure we maximise what we can learn from partaking in such an extraordinary competition.

“Miss Roberts has beenso helpful and so we wish to place on record, our thanks for her time.

“We received the very large case files last week for the New York competition, and we have already begun our work . We look forward to this fantastic opportunity.”

Students will travel to the USA in November this year where they will compete with teams from Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America.

Miss Roberts said: The case is complicated and the team have access to limited funding. However, they do have determination, grit and a real team spirit and a will to succeed.

“With only months to prepare and fundraise for their journey, they look to any companies willing to sponsor.

“In return they can offer publicity on an international stage in the form of social media, logos on clothing and many other forms.