Elaine Terri was welcomed to class 6 on Thursday afternoon to talk to them about her role as a magistrate. Elaine talked to the children about what it means to be a magistrate (which they were all surprised to hear is a voluntary role), and about the differences between the Magistrate’s Court and the Crown Court. They discussed the age of criminal responsibility and how people might find themselves in situations where they offend. She organised a task for them to consider different crimes and appropriate consequences (prison sentences fines, suspended sentences, community service), as well as helping them to become more aware of how offenders can be offered rehabilitation or be helped to change their lives and not to reoffend.
The children gained a great deal from this visit, asked lots of questions and made very sensible and thoughtful observations. This is the sixth year that Elaine has visited our school to talk to Year 6 and we very much appreciate her giving her time once again this year.