On Thursday 8th June, the country turned out in force to vote in the General Election. Here at Ryedale School, students voted in a Mock General Election. In the lead up to the day, students were signposted and guided by their tutors to the different political parties, their mandates and policies and where they can find further information about each of the parties.
Ryedale School saw a 91% turnout, with the vast majority of the school opting to vote. This turnout figure was 20% higher than the Malton Constituency turnout, which was 71%.
The ballots were counted and checked by staff, and the final outcome saw the Labour Party top the election with 197 votes, closely followed by the Conservative Party with 162 votes.
This was a fantastic learning opportunity for our young people and we hope a sign of local turnout figures increasing within coming years.
We are encouraging our students to remain up to date with current affairs and the outcome of this General Election, in particular relating to Brexit and the Hung Parliament.