Hope Valley College is a place that inspires and engages young minds. Our school believes in democracy and the laws of the country, where every individual has a voice that is heard and respected, no matter what their faith or belief. Our school values discussion, debating and learning from others. Our school believes that division belongs in mathematics, not in the classroom. There is no place for extremism in our school.
In order to give all our students (including Year 11 students who start their GCSEs on Tuesday 16th May) an opportunity to discuss and debate the British General Election and to vote in a mock election, Student Council organised a mock election on Monday 15th May.
Students have been learning and encouraged to discuss politics in Tutor since the General Election was called by Prime Minister, Theresa May.
For more information about the General Election students are encouraged to use various reliable web sources including the following:
For more information about the Department for Education “Educate against hate” campaign and advice for parents and teachers, go to http://www.educateagaintshate.com
The HVC Mock Election Result:
Green Party 17%
Liberal Democrats 8%
Will this result reflect the result in the High Peak and the Derbyshire Dales constituencies, or is this simply a reflection of how young people would vote at 16 if given the chance?
In HVC’s Mock EU Referendum Vote last May, the result was very close with 55% of students voting to remain, 45% of students voting to leave the EU. This HVC mock vote against Brexit was a reflection on how some analysts have said young people voted nationally. One poll suggested that as many as 73% of all 18-24 year olds voted to remain in the EU compared with 27% voting to leave. This compared to all other age groups above 45 years old where the majority voted for Brexit.
The HVC Mock EU Referendum result to remain in the EU did not reflect the actual local result in our area: In High Peak constituency 49.5% voted to remain in the EU compared with 50.5% voting to leave, in the Derbyshire Dales constituency 48.4% voted to remain in the EU with 51.6% voting to leave the EU.
At the last General Election in 2015, both High Peak and Derbyshire Dales constituencies returned Conservative Party MPs:
High Peak result 2015:
Liberal Democrat 4.7%
Green Party 3.6%
Derbyshire Dales result 2015:
Liberal Democrats 8.4%
Green Party 4.6%