Staff campaign for children’s votes at Daventry school

The party leaders at Ashby Fields Primary School, and some of the voters.
The party leaders at Ashby Fields Primary School, and some of the voters.

Pupils at Ashby Fields Primary School in Daventry have been heading to the polls today.

The children are voting all through the day to pick their favourite political party created by members of staff.

They have the choice between Cool Kidz, the Plum Party, Music Party, and the Be Yourself Party.

Class by class they will file into the school’s own ‘polling station’ and use individual booths to cast their vote on mock ballots. They then post them into a real ballot box on loan from Daventry District Council.

The election give the children the chance to learn about democracy and voting. They also heard the parties’ manifestos, took part in a ‘Question Time’ assembly, and created their own party rosettes, posters and hats.

The school has set up its own election because this is the first time it has remained open on polling day. As the school is a polling station it has in the past shut for election day, but moving the real polling station to a different room has allowed normal lessons to continue.