As general election fever came to a head last week, students at Mildenhall College Academy took part in the national hype with their own election.
Following lessons about government and politics and visits from West Suffolk’s Parliamentary candidates, students were able to vote for the real candidates in a mock ballot.
The final turnout was 67 per cent, slightly higher than in the general election in the West Suffolk constituency. Conservative candidate Matthew Hancock held his seat with UKIP candidate Julian Flood coming a close second. Green Party candidate Niall Pettitt, a former pupil at the school, came a commendable fourth.
Ed Lowis, history teacher, said: “Taking part in a mock election has raised an Academy-wide interest and understanding of political issues.”