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Election Fever

06 Nov 2019   |   Press Release By Nigel Lowther, Nigel Lowther Associates (on behalf of Littlecoates)   |   Littlecoates Primary Academy

Forget the General Election – the only one poll that mattered at Littlecoates Academy was to choose this year’s pupil councillors. Two representatives from each year group at the Grimsby Academy were elected by their peers to represent their views and help organise events.

A special election assembly was held – as part of UK Parliament Week – to which winners’ parents were invited. North East Lincolnshire Council’s West Marsh ward councillor Gemma Sheridan handed out new red sweatshirts which distinguish the pupil councillors. A sense of excitement was in the air as the head boy and girl acted as returning officers and declared the results from each class in turn.

Principal Neville Wilkinson said the election had been a great success. ‘The children have understood the importance of voting,” he said. “The pupil council elections falling in the middle of the General Election campaign made it even more relevant’

“We have asked our pupils to tell their parents and carers about how important it is they vote on 12th December. Pupil council plays a key role in the school. We ask its opinion on an issue we might have and they’ll get the message out to all pupils. Their first task will be to organise our Children in Need efforts this Friday’.

‘We’re grateful to Cllr Sheridan for her time. Pupils understand that she was elected to her position on the council.  Thank you also to the parents for their support’.

Cllr Sheridan wished the winning pupil councillors well. ‘It’s really a privilege to be here and present you with your red sweatshirts,’ she said.’ You have an important role to play in the school and I wish you the best of luck with all the hard work you’re going to be doing.’

New Year 6 representative Amanda said: “I feel very happy and excited to have been elected.

I’m going to help write letters to pupils and parents and keep the dining hall clean.”

For Year 5 Joseph, this will be his third year as a pupil councillor, having been elected when in reception and Year 1. ‘I’m looking forward to going to meetings and discussing ideas. The big one is new playground equipment’ he said.

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