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PUPILS from Huntingdon Junior School put graffiti on trial in a mock courtroom exercise aimed at improving their English language skills. In a change to their traditional English lessons, children from Years Five and Six gathered in the old Court House in

PUPILS from Huntingdon Junior School put graffiti on trial in a mock courtroom exercise aimed at improving their English language skills.

In a change to their traditional English lessons, children from Years Five and Six gathered in the old Court House in Huntingdon Market Square.

Once inside, three teachers donned wigs and took on the role as magistrates while pupils debated the advantages and disadvantages of graffiti.

Teacher Barbara Pearce said: "The mock trial was part of the school's literacy work and was a way of encouraging children to think of persuasive arguments.

"The children seemed to really enjoy the exercise and thought being in a real courtroom seemed to bring the debate to life."

A vote was held at the end of the trial with the majority of pupil's believing graffiti was OK - as long as it is not offensive and was used in a designated place.