A group of Springwood students has been giving up its free time to learn about the justice system.

But the extra hours of studying have paid off as the 13 have become the first from a Norfolk school to make the finals of a mock trial competition run by the Citizenship Foundation.

Aged from 12 to 14, the students had to compete in a live format in real courts, presenting a specially written case against different schools.

The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

They won through a regional final which took place in Chelmsford, Essex, where they beat ten other schools at the crown court.

“For anyone that gives young people bad press, come and spend a day at the mock trials competition where you will see nothing but polite, hard working and enthusiastic students,” said project co-ordinator Hayley Roberts.

Lady Leicester, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, saw the group win the first heat in Norwich, and said she would attend the national finals if they made it. She has already been in touch with the school about securing tickets to the event in Birmingham on June 28.