On Tuesday 19 September, our entire student body will have the opportunity to vote in our annual Presidential Election, to elect their preferred candidate to lead Student Voice for the academic year 2017-2018. We were delighted, once again, to be allowed to use the official polling booths and ballot boxes of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. We wanted to mirror as closely as possible local and national elections, so students become familiar over the five years they spend with us, not only learning how to quiz candidates, but also the actual process of bringing along polling cards and voting properly on ballot papers.
We believe it is vital that students leave our academy knowing the mechanics of how to vote in local and national elections, how to complete polling cards correctly and how to use voting booths and ballot boxes. We are grateful of the support the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr Karen King who will be acting as Returning Officer at the Inauguration Event, on Thursday 28 September. In the past, the Mayor has also welcomed candidates and their campaign teams to attend a council session, and a visit ‘behind the scenes’ of the council chambers, learning about the history of democracy on Teesside.
We are also determined that our students use their votes when the time comes, as this is vital to maintain British Democracy as a beacon to the world. We want to play our part increasing the number of young people voting year on year in Britain, and instil a passion that their votes do count, and do make a difference. We feel so strongly about this fundamental British Value!