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    Mock Trials and Debating

    Mock Trials and Debating

    Mock Trial Competitions

    A stimulating team activity which teaches you a lot about the law. Great if you are interested in Law or Politics and enjoy public speaking.

    We have been successfully involved in both the Magistrates (Year 9) and Bar Mock Trial competitions for many years, having won the regional finals on four occasions and twice reaching the National Finals (most recently in 2014.)

    Look out for the opportunity to take part in this activity in autumn 2017.

    Debating

    The sixth form hold half termly in-house formal lunch time debates on topics ranging from “Feminism is no longer necessary” to “We should retain trident”. We have also taken part in Birmingham University, Observer Mace and Debating Matters competitions.

    In 2014 a team from AGS won the Warwickshire and Regional rounds of the Debating Matters Competition and competed in the National Finals held at The British Library and chaired by Claire Fox.

    Debating Matters has been called ‘the toughest debating competition in the UK’ by the Times newspaper. Teams of two students begin with three-minute opening speeches before being questioned by expert witnesses, including academics and politicians, members of the audience and the opposing team. They end with a one-minute summary of their case.

    In January 2016, our team won the Qualifying round of the competition and competed in the Regional final at Leicester University in April.

     

    At the other end of the age range, Year 7 students have successfully competed in the Warwickshire SACRE debate for the last two years. The motion last year was that ‘Sometimes using violence is the only way to solve a problem’. It was a difficult topic to argue for but the team was very persuasive and convinced the audience of the soundness of their case.