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Election Week at Headlands School

As the country headed to the polls to choose its MPs this week, there was plenty of political activity around Headlands.

On Wednesday, the Labour candidate for East Yorkshire, Catherine Minnis, came into school to take part in an election hustings event.

Watch a video of Catherine below.

The other candidates were unable to join her because of their busy schedules before polling day, but they all sent answers to questions posed by students.

Sixth-form politics students stood in for them, reading their answers in front of an audience made up of students from all year groups.

There were some excellent questions including:

What’s the point of Brexit?

Do you think Boris Johnson is a good leader?

Waiting times for hospitals/doctors are awful – can you improve them and how?

What would you do to modernise the education system and bring it in line with higher achieving countries?

What would you do to deal with the increased criminal behaviour, including knife crime and the distribution of illegal drugs?

Catherine sent a message to Headlands after the event, saying: “Just wanted to say again how delighted I was to receive your invitation and to attend the hustings today.

“I hope that your students are now better informed and engaged in current affairs. They are a real credit to the school.

“I was impressed with the sorts of questions and the willingness of the four older ones to stand in for missing candidates. I should imagine tomorrow’s mock election will be great fun as well as a fantastic learning opportunity.”

She also Tweeted about her trip to Headlands. Read it here

Mr Cooke, director of sixth form at Headlands, said it was ‘a fantastic opportunity for our students to see the policies of their electoral candidates prior to the election on Thursday’.

On election day itself, ballot boxes were set up outside the two canteens at Headlands, for students to cast their votes.

Details of the main parties’ policies had been on display in the corridors for several weeks leading up to the election, so students could read up on who they wanted to vote for.

The election was organised by sixth form students who counted the votes on Thursday afternoon. The results were:

Conservative Party – 40.97% 

Labour Party – 25.11%

Green Party – 17.62%

Liberal Democrats – 12.78% 

Brexit Party – 3.52%

Turnout was 27% and there were 3 spoiled papers.

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