Luke Pollard our local MP, for Sutton and Devonport, came into school today to chat with students about issues that are important to them and to discuss with them the results of our school mock general election which was held at the same time as the general election. The mock general election saw students get a ‘felt’ experience of what it’s like to vote, with a voting booth set up in the Language Arts Café so votes could be cast in secret.

As our school is situated in the Sutton and Devonport constituency, the students discussed the prospective candidates’ election manifestos for the area. We encouraged the students to not simply pick a candidate because of the political party they were in; instead we encouraged them to focus on their ideas and to use that as the basis for their support. What really shone through from the discussion and the mock general election was the depth of thinking around issues that impact on Plymouth and how keen they were to debate them. The students were at ease discussing a range of issues and it is reassuring to see our young people really want to make our city a better place.