Lincoln pupils hold parliament to improve their school

With the general election looming, pupils at a Lincoln primary school held their own parliament to decide on a project to improve their school.

More than 140 students from Washingborough Academy were involved in the debate, which focused on ways of improving the school environment.

The ideas that emerged included buying lockers and improving corridors, a new adventure playground or improved play equipment, with the first option eventually being favoured by pupils.

The whole school will take part in a fundraising campaign to carry out the work.

It is the second democracy themed project Washingborough Academy has undertaken this academic year.

Pupils from the school were chosen last year by Parliament to create a new flag to represent the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency as part of the UK-wide celebrations for the 750th anniversary of De Montfort’s Parliament.

Head teacher Jason O’Rourke said: “The notion of citizenship is often referenced these days as an important part of educating our children.

“But if we want our young students to understand and commit to this concept we have to give them a taste of both responsibility and influence.

“The project has allowed out students to understand and experience the importance of consensus, the thought process that goes into decision-making and to share in the excitement of improving their own surroundings.”