Year 9 RE students travelled to Manchester on Thursday for the ‘Religion, Crime and Punishment’ trip. In RE lessons Year 9 students have been learning about the influence that religion has had on law and the criminal justice system, including attitudes towards the death penalty. Students spent the morning in Manchester Police Museum learning about different examples of crime including forgery, murder and grievous bodily harm.

They had opportunities to ask current and former police officers about their experiences, and they particularly enjoyed trying on the different types of uniform worn by members of the Manchester Police Force. In the afternoon they enacted a mock trial in Manchester Crown Court. As well as a jury, the trial involved 2 defendants (Anwen Swift and Jack Elvin), a number of barristers (Kira O’Brien, Lincoln Barraclogh, Catherine Duffy and Caitlin Bagnall), witnesses, clerks (Patrick Richards and Ellis Murgatroyd,) and a judge (Josh Carver).

Thanks to all students for joining in and embracing their various roles. We have already had comments from contacts from the museum and crown court to say the students did us proud and their behaviour was exemplary. Well done!