On Wednesday 27th April, AGGS held its very own EU referendum to help gage young people’s opinion on whether Britain’s place in the world belongs in Europe or out. Six ballot boxes were situated around school ready to catch eager voters; we had a great turnout with over 600 girls exercising their right to vote.
To drill up support and educate people about the issue that they were voting for, the week before the vote, members of AGGS Politics Society delivered assemblies to all year groups. Covering why this referendum was important and actually taking place, and educating them about both sides of the argument – thus allowing them to make an informed decision when it came to vote. On top of this the Politics Society also organised a hustings (debate) the following week, for those who were particularly interested. This gave the girls an opportunity to quiz the IN and OUT teams (composed of members of the Politics Society) and hear a more in depth discussion about the referendum. This was a thrilling debate for all involved.
The results were as follows: 83% voting to stay within the EU and 17% voting to leave the EU. Although not a surprising result, there was a definite winner. It is clear that most young people want to stay within the EU. Thanks to all the girls in Politics Society who organised it, Mrs Bowyer for bringing it all to life and to all those who turned up to vote!