Penrice Votes: Mock Election On Thursday 7th May, as the nation began to cast their votes in the General Election, Penrice Academy students across the school were casting their own votes, following weeks of campaigning by our party representatives. The votes were cast electronically in The Core, by entering unique numbers into a system called ‘My Voice’ – brought into school by Colin from Cornwall Council – using their iPads. There was a turnout of over 85% and the results were announced at 3pm by Mrs Willcocks, Returning Officer for the day, with the candidates’ parents in the audience. Bella Taylor, Labour Candidate, received the most votes on the day and was duly ‘elected’ as candidate for Penrice Academy. Mrs Stevens, who organised the Mock Election with Mr Johnson, said: “This week, this school was a hive of political activity; it was so amazing hearing our students discuss politics in everyday conversation as they walked through the corridors and ate their lunches. The journey doesn’t stop here thanks to Colin, from Youth Parliament, as we have established future links which I am looking forward to. Each vote registered included a question of which policy is most important to the school, so the data collected could very well shape future events with Youth Parliament. Mrs Stevens continued: “I am actually already dreaming of sitting watching TV in a few years time and seeing one of our candidates today standing outside Number 10; that will be another proud moment!” Thank you to everyone involved in helping our school community experience politics during this exciting time. You can watch the announcement on our YouTube Channel. Read more: Penrice Votes: Election Hustings You can see more pictures from the Mock Election process in our gallery.