Daventry pupils vote for their school council

Students from Falconers Hill Academy and Daventry UTC, as well as their headteachers, in their polling station.
Students from Falconers Hill Academy and Daventry UTC, as well as their headteachers, in their polling station.

The General Election is not the only important poll taking place today in Daventry.

Students from the Falconers Hill Academy have been electing their relaunched school council.

Headteacher Matthew Reetz said: “We thought it was a great idea to tie our school council election in with the General Election.

“The pupils have been writing manifestos, and looking at British values, democracy, how Parliament and the government works, and how laws are made.

“We also wanted to work with Daventry UTC as well, so we asked them if they would host our polling station.

“It’s good for our pupils to come down here and see the UTC, and it makes it more like a real election where people have to go to a building they might not otherwise go to in order to vote.”

Year Six pupils from Falconers Hill Academy worked to count the votes, while students from the UTC worked to run the polling station and hand out ballots.

David Edmondson, principal at the UTC, said: “Our students have also worked on British values and democracy, so it’s good for them to be able to get involved as well. It also involves skills like organisation, speaking in front of a room, and running something important like an election.”