Schools Election 2010
Please visit each of the school pages at the bottom of this page for individual results or view the aggregate results for the election (PDF 20KB).
A Schools General Election was organised in Aberdeenshire and held in seven schools in the run-up to the 2010 UK Parliamentary General Election.
The project gave secondary school pupils the chance to run and vote in their own elections and aimed to raise awareness amongst young people of the importance of voting and engaging in the democratic process.
Pupils owned the project at every stage - nominating their own candidates, running their own campaigns, staffing polling stations and counting the votes. Each school ran its own contest as part of a single constituency, with five senior pupils at each school standing as candidates for one of the five political parties in Scotland represented at either the Holyrood or Westminster Parliaments. Voting took place on Thursday 18th March 2010, and the count in Inverurie the following day.
The parties invited to support the project were the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party and the Scottish Green Party. Each party nominated a senior representative to be filmed for a DVD which was made available to the pupil candidates who represented those parties ensuring their polices and political philosophies were accurately represented.
All of the pupils involved will be reaching the age of majority over the next few years and so the process was designed to be as realistic as possible, involving members of the Aberdeenshire Elections Team and the Electoral Registration Service, and using authentic equipment and procedures.
Modern studies teachers worked with pupils in the run-up to the election, discussing the nature of the five parties, as well as their policies and manifestos. Part of the project saw the young people draw up their own manifesto proposals, retaining the parties’ core elements.
The schools who were involved are listed below and information about each school constituency is available on the Council's Election webpages.
- Banchory Academy
- Ellon Academy
- Fraserburgh Academy
- Portlethen Academy
- St Andrew's School
- The Gordon Schools
- Turriff Academy
For more information please contact our Election Team.