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St Gregory Primary School in Sudbury prepares to go to the polls for pupil general election




As general campaigning in South Suffolk ramps up ahead of next week’s national ballot, youngsters at a primary school in Sudbury have been preparing for a special poll of their own.

St Gregory Church of England Primary School held a special assembly on Monday morning to mark the beginning of campaigning for a student election, which will take place on Thursday, coinciding with voting day for the national general election.

Five Year 6 children have formed single-issue parties based on the key national topics and developed policies, a logo and a slogan for their campaigns.

St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury is staging a mock general election to help its pupils engage with the national election...Pictured: Year 6 with the leaders Caden Patterson (Education), Zinnia McKnight (Environment), Sam Piper (Transport), Luke Roberts (Health) and Reuben Jones (Crime)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (23154834)
St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury is staging a mock general election to help its pupils engage with the national election...Pictured: Year 6 with the leaders Caden Patterson (Education), Zinnia McKnight (Environment), Sam Piper (Transport), Luke Roberts (Health) and Reuben Jones (Crime)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (23154834)

The candidates are Caden Patterson (education), Zinnia McKnight (environment), Sam Piper (transport), Luke Roberts (health) and Reuben Jones (crime).

Posters, leaflets and rosettes have now appeared all around the school, while the pupils have also filmed their own party political broadcasts, which have been shared in classes, as well as the school’s YouTube and social media channels.

Headteacher Daniel Woodrow said the aim of the school election is to teach children more about the country’s political processes, and he praised them for the way they had engaged in democracy.

St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury is staging a mock general election to help its pupils engage with the national election...Pictured: Year 6 with the leaders Caden Patterson (Education), Zinnia McKnight (Environment), Sam Piper (Transport), Luke Roberts (Health) and Reuben Jones (Crime)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (23154838)
St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury is staging a mock general election to help its pupils engage with the national election...Pictured: Year 6 with the leaders Caden Patterson (Education), Zinnia McKnight (Environment), Sam Piper (Transport), Luke Roberts (Health) and Reuben Jones (Crime)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (23154838)

“We feel that this is an excellent way for the children to engage with the national election and democracy at large, and also learn a range of key communication skills, as well as championing causes close to their hearts,” he told the Free Press.

Candidates are staging a whole school hustings-style event this morning, when they will field questions on their policies from other students. They will then visit classes again on Tuesday morning to discuss their party platform.

They will make one final pitch at an assembly on Thursday morning, at which point the pupils will cast their votes, before a new school prime minister is announced in the afternoon.


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