On election day RLS students took part in a mock election. To make this as realistic as possible students could only vote if they had registered in advance and IT rooms were opened at lunchtimes for the previous week to enable them to do this via a simple Moodle poll.
In the days before the election it was great to hear students talking about the issues which influenced their vote, with climate emergency, the NHS and homelessness featuring highly along with Brexit. Some students painted banners asking voters to ‘vote planet’ & ‘vote for our futures’ and these were hung on the school railings.
Richard Lander School students voted rather differently to older generations with the Labour party winning 46.3% of the vote and the Green party winning 20.6% of the vote. This would result in a Labour/Green coalition government for our school. The Conservative party polled just 12.36%, finishing last out of the major parties.
Our top statisticians have been scrutinising the data to look for trends in learning community and year group patterns and we will bring you this analysis in the new year. Thank you to our returning officer, Mrs Madeley, and her team.