Photo: (L to R) Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, Senior Partner, Gepp & Sons; Lord Justice Burnett, Robin O’Connor, Polina Harris and Hannah Ruschen.
On Tuesday 4th November Year 13 students Polina Harris, Robin O’Connor, Billy Roche and Hannah Ruschen took part in a prestigious interschools legal debate contest hosted by Gepp & Sons, a major regional law firm, at Anglia Ruskin University.
The Anglo team competed against 7 other local schools and were tasked with speaking in support of the proposition “This house believes that defendants of sexual crimes should be afforded anonymity”. The team spoke persuasively and confidently in their round against Great Baddow High School. The team won this round after facing some tricky follow up questions from a distinguished panel of real judges, including the Honorary Recorder of Chelmsford, His Honour Judge Gratwicke. Unfortunately, despite winning their first debate, the team did not progress to the final. However, the evening offered the students a rare opportunity to network with a broad range of professionals, including Lord Justice Burnett, a judge at the Court of Appeal, the Chief Constable of Essex Police and David Monk of BBC Essex.
This is the first time the school has fielded a team in this competition and all of the students worked very hard to a tight deadline to construct their arguments, before going on to present themselves with energy and confidence during the entire event.