Children vote in ‘elections’

Children at at Quinton House school in Northampton got to put their cross in the box when they took part in their own mock elections.

With a 65% turnout in the Quinton House constituency, students had their chance to voice their support for the political parties and experience what it is to have a vote in a democratic process.

Students had been researching the political parties and their manifestos to be able to make their candidate choice.

The ballroom at Upton Hall was set up as a polling station, staffed by Sixth Form students who gave out ballot papers and checked names against polling cards.

Polling booths were established to allow pupils to select their chosen political party privately and to mark their ballot paper accordingly. Students cast their votes, folded their ballot papers and posted them into the ballot boxes, under the supervision of Quinton House’s very own Presiding Officer.

One student said: “I believe voting is fundamentally important – politics affects us all every single day and by voting, our voices can be heard.”

“I didn’t know how a polling station worked and what we had to do, so today has been great!’

Students queued to participate in the democratic process and there was no excuse not to go and vote, as the polling station was open before and after school as well as during each of the breaks.

The Acting Returning Officer for Quinton House declared the vote count, announcing that the Conservative Party won an absolute majority with UKIP, the Labour Party, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats trailing in behind.

Sunny Socks Nursery School in Duston also enjoyed taking part in its own General Election day and got to visit the local polling station.