Democracy in action as pupils hold their own election

Democracy was in action as pupils at Eagle House school in Sutton voted in their very own school elections.

The school in Brighton Road ran a democracy week in the run up to the elections, with lessons focussing on teaching the children about the value of voting. Candidates campaigned by putting up manifesto posters and delivering ‘soapbox’ speeches - writes

Cllr Wendy Mathys, chair of Sutton’s Council’s children, family and education committee, visited the school to talk to pupils and tell them more about her role as a local councillor.

Following the visit, Cllr Mathys said: “It was a privilege to speak to so many of the pupils and find out how interested and knowledgeable they are about the democratic process.

“It is so important that young people have a voice and are heard in their community. The school elections are a great way to teach them that voting really can make a difference.”

Eagle House School is an independent specialist autism school for pupils aged 11 to 19.

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