TWELVE pupils at Silverdale School in Bents Green have been debating their future as part of a mentoring programme run by Unity Law, Sheffield’s newest law firm.
Former Silverdale students Chris Fry and Wei Xin Chung, from Unity Law, spent three weeks helping the Silverdale team to practise and refine their debating skills, build their confidence and understand how best to approach an argument.
Then they entered the Sheffield Law Society’s schools debating competition where they were runners-up.
Pupil Miriam Khan said: “I had thought about pursuing a career in law but hadn’t ever had any experience with real lawyers, so it was all very exciting and new. I didn’t realise how interesting it could be and that I might have to work on a completely different case every day. It really opened everyone’s eyes.”
Chris Fry said: “The ability to communicate well is key in any career but in law it is a must. We wanted to spend time with the pupils at Silverdale to help them build up these skills to prepare them for professional life.
“Being an ex-Silverdale pupil myself, I know how important it is to have the right skills to prepare you for work. I feel it is important that students from all backgrounds can see that a career in the law is accessible with the right support.”