British Values at Work: Democracy
To coincide with the General Election on May 7th, Eckington School held its own election asking students who they would vote for if they were allowed to vote. Students had to register to vote and were issued with polling cards, just like the real thing.
In the weeks leading up to the General Election, the prospective party candidates were invited to speak with our Sixth Form. They outlined their party manifestos and engaged our Sixth Form on a variety of issues often through lively debate.
Sixth form students held their own hustings and outlined key priorities for each political party in special assembles for all year groups. There were many conversations in school about who was voting for who, and hopefully some at home too.
On election day over 550 students voted in the Library which had set up its very own polling station just for the day. It was an excellent turn out and the station was kept busy from our first voter at 8.10am until the last ones at 3.30pm. Break and lunchtime were extremely busy with students having to queue so that they could get their voting slip and make their mark.
The count was especially close with a hung parliament announced. With no one party receiving an overall majority, it was agreed that the Labour Party, the Green Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party would form a coalition. It was great to see so many students interested in the election and taking part in the democratic process.