Pupils go to the polls

By Ian Dipple Thursday 20 March 2014 Updated: 21/03 08:31

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PUPILS at a Redditch school went to the polls as part of efforts to promote democracy.

RSA Arrow Vale Academy pupils cast their votes last Thursday (March 13) for one of three sculpture projects. The winning design will be built and placed in the Green Sward Lane school’s grounds over the summer holidays.

The school has been working with officers at Redditch Borough Council as part of a project to promote the importance of elections and the poll was run the same as a council or General Election to make the experience as real as possible. It is hoped other schools across the borough will take part in similar projects.

Coun John Fisher, whose responsibilities include democracy, said: “This is a real vote, on something that matters to the students of Arrow Vale. It’s a great way to show them how valuable their opinions are in a democratic society.

“Only a third of residents on average vote in local elections, so it is important to teach our future generations to use theirs and make a difference.”

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