DEMOCRACY has hit a Marchington school as pupils cast their votes in the annual elections.
Smallwood Manor Preparatory School held its elections, which take place each September, to allow the pupils to form a council where their own ideas and opinions can be voiced.
Pupils from years three to six nominate themselves as running candidates, before ‘canvassing’ by preparing and presenting short campaign speeches to their year group.
They then use the in-house polling station and ballot boxes to cast their votes, which are fairly counted and result in the election of boys and girls from each school year to form the 2013-2014 pupil council.
Headmaster Mike Harrison said: “Elections to create an annual pupil council are becoming increasingly common in schools across the country, but are often only open to older children.
“At Smallwood we like to give our entire main prep the chance to express their ideas, so create a pupil forum involving children as young as seven.
“This allows them a special role within the school, as well as an enjoyable sense of responsibility, while simultaneously learning about the election process.”
Newly elected Will Eley said: “I think having a pupil council is a really great idea. We get to have meetings to talk about what we’d like to happen at school and it’s a good way to get children from different year groups working as a team.
“Having the election was good fun as well and everyone was really excited.”