Buryfields School Council Election Day

Here at Buryfields, the voice of the pupils is extremely important.  The children's opinions and viewpoints are taken seriously and valued.  Every year, school councillors are chosen to represent their class at regular meetings.  Last year, the outgoing school council decided that the voting process for years 1 and 2 should be more formal - and more like official, 'grown-up' elections. 

The library has been designated as the local polling station and Miss English is the election co-ordinator. All the children from Years 1 and 2 are invited to stand as School Council candidates and once all nominations are in, the candidate lists get published. 

Thursday 28th September was our voting day this year and the children got to have their say as to who was going to be elected - the turnout was excellent! We discussed the right to a secret ballot and that candidates were allowed to vote for themselves. Exit polls showed no clear favourites, and the results were announced on Monday 2nd October.  Reception councillors are co-opted by their teachers. Hopefully the children’s understanding and appreciation of the key British value of democracy will have been enhanced by the experience.