Colyton students vote REMAIN

PUBLISHED: 15:09 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 24 June 2016

Colyton Grammar School Y7 student Lewis Day casting his vote in the library, which acted as Polling Station for their EU referendum

Colyton Grammar School Y7 student Lewis Day casting his vote in the library, which acted as Polling Station for their EU referendum


Grammar school poll bucks national result

Students at Colyton Grammar School voted overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the EU when they held their own referendum yesterday (Thursday, June 23).

The poll followed a series of events during the summer term mirroring the wider engagement of the British population.

The Sixth Form politics ‘ambassadors’ began by organising speakers from both campaigns, to talk to them and answer questions. Ben Bradshaw MP, the Labour MP for Exeter, spoke to students on behalf of the Remain campaign. He discussed the future of peace in Europe and the continuing benefits of the common market.

Shortly after this the ambassadors invited William Legge MEP, the 10th Earl of Dartmouth, to come and speak on behalf of the Leave campaign. He responded to questions on regulation and trade negotiations, to a similarly engaged audience.

As a final event before the referendum itself, Colyton’s local MP, Neil Parish (Con), was invited to speak in a debate. He talked on behalf of the Remain campaign, whilst the Leave campaign was represented by Year 11 student and Politics Ambassador, Eden Smith.

The debate touched on four key areas of debate, with a time for general questions afterwards; Mr Parish said he was very impressed by the quality of the questions and the level of political interest shown by Colyton students.

On Referendum Day yesterday Colyton held its own mock referendum, with a high turnout of 68 per cent.

The result came out as a strong win for the Remain campaign, contrary to the national decision – 510 votes for staying compared with 135 for leaving, a roughly 80-20 split.

Oak House had the highest turnout, topping the 72 per cent mark and winning the inter-House competition.

The Politics Ambassadors say they are “incredibly pleased” with the way all the events ran, and said that “all the work had been worth it”.

They look forward to future events and say their minds are already turning to the November election in America!

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