GGS Second ‘Brexit’ referendum

On Wednesday 14th November Grosvenor’s GCSE and A Level Politics students staged a second ‘Brexit’ referendum as pupils and staff members within the school were given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they wished for the UK to remain as a member of the European Union.

Pupils were given a polling station as close to the real thing as possible, as well as anonymous ballot papers and, once completed, they were required to place their vote in the ballot box provided. Polling was open all day, from  9am – 3.30pm. For staff, meanwhile, their referendum was held on Thursday 15th November, as pupils were keen to compare the results in order to to see the difference between the younger and older generations!

In the end, however, both the student and staff bodies were found to be in broad agreement, with each set voting convincingly on the ‘Remain’ side – 60% of the pupils wishing to reverse the original referendum result from 2015, compared to 74% of staff: perhaps the past two-and-a-half years of turmoil has convinced them that it truly is ‘better the devil you know’!

Many thanks to GGS Politics teacher Miss Fleck for organising and co-ordinating the entire event; given the events of the past week or so, we wonder how many MPs in The House of Commons wish that they could emulate the pupils of Grosvenor by holding their own follow-up referendum, to help avoid some of the more recent shenanigans in Westminster?

Year Thirteen pupils Adam Smyth and Natalie Simpson cast their votes during the pupil referendum, held in the Grosvenor Politics department on Wednesday 14th November.