There was a very different outcome to that of the General Election when Rushcliffe School announced the winner of their own mock election.
The Rushcliffe General Election reached its tense climax early in the afternoon of 7th May. Three sixth-formers were standing as candidates for the main parties and all 1,400 pupils at the secondary school in West Bridgford cast their votes throughout the morning.
Labour emerged as the winner with 552 votes (45%), while the Conservatives garnered 356 votes (29%) and the Lib Dems 134 votes (11%).
Intensive campaigning went on in the run up to the school’s mirror election, with each of the candidates holding hustings at morning assemblies.
Peter Richardson (Conservative), Sarah Maqbool (Labour) and Emma Jenkins (Lib Dem) gave confident speeches to their fellow pupils on three main policy areas – education, health, and the economy.
The election, which was run entirely by the school’s students, culminated in all pupils coming to the school hall to mark their ballot papers in eight specially created ballot boxes. Year 7 and 8 pupils then counted up the votes and the winner was announced.
Shrutee Desai, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “Rushcliffe School pupils were keen to exercise their right to vote and a lot of work went into raising the importance of our democratic rights this year, with events organised by the pupils and staff.
“Unlike the real election our version was not about personalities, but it was a brilliant way for our pupils to learn more about the election process and the policies of the three main parties. “
The election was the last in a series of activities organised by the students over recent months to raise political awareness in the school.
Back in March the school held its own version of BBC’s Question Time where five local politicians were grilled by students. Rushcliffe’s local MP, Ken Clarke, also came to the school to talk to sixth-formers about his life in politics.