At Norwich Crown Court, from left, James Bagge Isabel Russen, Adam White, Sam Mount, Abigail Peters, West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, Elliot Simpson, Rachel Ampomah, Sophie Ward and John Ward, chairman of Norfolk County Council. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

A team of sixth form students have been praised by the county’s high sheriff for a worldwide medal-winning performance.

Seven students from Springwood High School at Gaywood scooped third place in a mock trials world championship held in New York.

Despite being late entrants and with just four weeks to prepare, Rachel Ampomah, Sam Mount, Abigail Peters, Isabel Russen, Elliot Simpson, Sophie Ward and Adam White finished bronze medallists ahead of 28 other American high schools and five international school teams.

Their efforts achieved top praise from Norfolk’s High Sheriff, James Bagge, a former barrister.

Mr Bagge, who accompanied the students to New York, said: “The maturity and intellectual agility of these students cannot be overstated.

“Judges in the competition described them as ‘awesome’ and ‘they would  happily have them sit with them as junior counsel any day’,” he said.

The competition was based on US law practice and Mr Bagge said none of the other international teams finished in the top 15.

“This represents a huge intellectual and forensic achievement,” said Mr Bagge, who also praised the skill and enthusiasm of the Springwood team’s coach, Hayley Roberts.

Mr Bagge said the result was the outcome of four years of hard work over and above all the students other school and extra-curricular activities.

On Tuesday, the team took to the court room to present their medal-winning case to Mr Justice Garnham at Norwich Crown Court.

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