South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Heads appointed in pupil-led vote

The first Head Boy and Head Girl of Vickerstown Primary School to be elected in a pupil-led vote have been announced.

Head Boy Rauri Abernethy, Head Girl Niamh Otley and their deputies Henry Doughty and Beau McDonald were presented with their badges this week by MP for Barrow and Furness Simon Fell.

It is the first time the school has enabled the pupils to vote for their top candidates. Previously the roles have been awarded by staff.

Niamh said pupils had put themselves forward for the positions, written a speech and the class had three votes each.

Rauri said he felt ‘very pleased’ that everyone voted for him. “I didn’t vote for myself because I didn’t think it would be fair,” he said.

Meanwhile Henry and Beau said, alongside other qualities, they thought a sense of humour had helped them win votes.

“I can make people laugh and I can help people with a lot of their work and I think I’m a really good friend to them,” said Beau.

Year 6 teacher Correen Watt, who organised the voting and presentation, said they had all done extremely well.

“It is really good for the children to lead the selection process as it has empowered them and it will give those selected the confidence because they were selected by their peers,” she said.

Simon Fell, who also enjoyed a tour of the school led by the school council members, wished them luck in their leadership roles.

“It can be a terrifying thing to put yourself forward but is a real honour to represent your class, your school and your community and I am sure you will all do well,” he said.

Prefects were also announced in the special assembly and Mason Pratt received his certificate as Sports Captain.


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