Students give solid support to Jez

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Students at Ark William Parker proved they are in tune with the national picture when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of Jeremy Corbyn in a mock general election on June 8.

A total of 71.3 percent cast their vote for Labour.

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The outcome appeared to reflect the trend reported on in the national press that Mr Corbyn had harnessed the youth vote.

Student enjoyed taking part in their own democratic process in the lead up to the election. During the past few weeks, as part of their SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social Cultural) programme, students have been learning through tutor led activities about British values and in particular democracy.

They have been carefully analysing the party manifestos and exploring their strengths and weaknesses.

On Election Day, Vice Principal Claire Bessa led an assembly outlining the candidates from Hastings and their aims for our area.

Students then received a ballot slip, went to a polling point and decided their vote. The results of this mock election were: Labour 71.3%, Conservative 18.5%, Liberal Democrats 7.7% and Green Party 2.4%.

Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education Coordinator Mrs Iglinski said, “Although our students are not yet old enough to vote they enjoyed the process of learning about and participating in a mock election.

“They responded enthusiastically to developing their political literacy and actively engaged in the electoral process.”

On the night in Hastings it was the Conservatives who won with Amber Rudd narrowly holding her seat.

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