Issued: June 15, 2016
King Harold Academy students vote for change
Year 7 to 10 students at King Harold Academy experienced a taste of democracy when they voted for new tutor group names to start in the new academic year.
The Student Voice, which regularly meets to discuss school issues, met with Head of School Kim Thackray and provided a shortlist of names based on famous British people.
The 13 names - includnig literary greats, scientists, sportsmen, and key political figures - were Attenborough, Austen, Brunel, Churchill, Darwin, Dickens, Hawking, Pankhurst, Potter, Redgrave, Rowling, Shakespeare and Tolkien.
Students were provided with ‘official’ ballot papers and information and books on the famous British personalities to help them make an informed choice.
School librarian Giselle Morris transformed the Learning Resource Centre into a polling station where students placed their votes in the ballot box.
Hundreds of votes were received and the results of the top four final names will be announced at the end of term.
The voting exercise took place two weeks before British citizens will take part in the EU Referendum.
Students had the opportunity to discuss issues on staying in or out of the EU along with issues on voting rights, its history, the importance of living and participating in a democratic society and British values.