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Democracy in action at Clare school




Students at Stour Valley Community School in Clare are holding their own mock general election. Picture: Sarah Field-Rayner. ANL-150429-100247002
Students at Stour Valley Community School in Clare are holding their own mock general election. Picture: Sarah Field-Rayner. ANL-150429-100247002

Stour Valley Community School is awaiting its own general election results as the school community has been voting for the party it thinks should rule the country.

Whilst the potential leaders of the country have been canvassing the over 18 vote, students in the year 10 Citizenship group have been encouraging the future electorate to make their mark on the ballot paper.

Students have researched and represented the views of the Conservatives, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP and a hustings took place in assembly.

The election is on May 7, in line with the General Election, with prefects taking on the roles of Polling Officers and the Returning Officer.

The SVCS results will be published on Friday, May 8 and students are looking forward to being able to compare their results with the results from across the UK.

Chantelle Hodges, 15, said: “It’s been interesting because you get to know what the parties are about and it gives us an interest in what the parties do.”

Ellie Lovejoy, 15, said “I have enjoyed it because it has given us an insight into how to gain the public’s vote.”

Cath Bank, head of citizenship, said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity to teach young people about the value of democracy and the difference they can make through active participation.

“Students felt very unsure about politics at the start but there is now great excitement about the vote and we are all looking forward to seeing the results of their campaigning.”



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