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Year 11 Citizenship & Politics Students visit Gloucester Court

Year 11 students visit Gloucester Court

This term, Year 11 students from the Citizenship and Politics GCSE group were fortunate enough to visit Gloucester Crown Court as part of their studies into the judicial system and how it operates.  Whilst there we saw a variety of cases being sentenced with the accused in court, just a few feet away.  It was a fascinating, if somewhat sombre experience to see justice being done before our very eyes.  I know several students were struck by the harsh reality of seeing someone’s life change right in front of us, whilst their families looked on from the public gallery above.

After sentencing, the judge took time to speak to students and discuss some of what they’d seen that morning.  Students’ questions focused on the balance between punishment and prevention with some excellent questions about whether he considers revenge or rehabilitation to be the primary factor when handing down a sentence.

All in all, a fascinating morning out.