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Commons Speaker Praises Wybourn Pupils
Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield, has presented teachers and pupils at Wybourn Community Primary School with a letter from the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, congratulating them on their inaugural school council elections.

The school adopted an innovative approach to school council elections in December after the head teacher, Hannah Thornley, was inspired by a visit to Parliament with pupils. Mr Blomfield was so impressed with the work of pupils and staff that he told the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

Having heard about the way the elections were organised from Mr Blomfield, the Speaker felt “compelled” to write to Ms Thornley to congratulate her on the “uplifting and heart-warming initiative”

Mr Blomfield said:

“I was so impressed by the approach of Ms Thornley and all of her staff and pupils when I joined them at the school on their polling day. The way that the children organised themselves into parties around issues that mattered to them and then prepared and debated their manifestoes was an extraordinary lesson in democracy at its best.

I am delighted that their work has been recognised by the Speaker and am looking forward to catching up with them soon to find out how the School Council is following through on its objectives and how it’s spent the available budget.”

The school’s head-teacher, Ms Thornley said at the time:

“I have been extremely proud of how the children have embraced this opportunity. They have shown an understanding of their school community and a desire to help others. Their knowledge of how democracy works has greatly improved and they know that their opinions and ideas matter and that they can make a difference. I am looking forward to working closely with the elected members of our council to make turn their election manifestos into reality.”

Commons Speaker Praises Wybourn Pupils, 28th March 2019, 16:01 PM