Brentwood School orators in fine voice

A distinguished panel of top legal brains will judge the 7th Annual Schools Legal Debate when Brentwood School orators pit their wits against seven other local schools.

This year’s Gepp & Sons Legal Debate takes place next Wednesday at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. The talking point: ‘This House would raise the legal age of criminal intent from 10 to 14.’

This is the second time Brentwood has taken part in the debate, and last year the team reached the final and won one of the two individual awards for best speaker.

This year’s debaters are Daniel Blockley, Emily Kiernan, Chris Matthews, Eloise McIlwraith and Oliver Swainbank. They have been hard at work researching the subject, writing their own speeches, and rehearsing to make sure they both read well and keep within the time limit of two minutes per person.

The panel of distinguished judges includes The Right Hon Lord Justice Burnett, Her Honour Judge Walden-Smith, His Honour Judge Gratwicke, His Honour Judge Lodge, Her Honour Judge Murfitt and Judge Advocate Elsom.

Guest speakers, Helen Carter, Governor of HM Prison Chelmsford, and Amber Roswell, trainee solicitor for and on behalf of CORAM Children's Legal Centre, will be joined by distinguished members of the legal profession, council and community organisations. Also, Chelsea Pensioners, David and Thomas Lyall, Colour Sergeant Chris Ferrett, of the Royal Marines, and Staff Sergeant Andrew Gibson of the British Army.

Further information about the debate can be found at: