Students get to meet candidates
STUDENTS at Cotham School were treated to a visit by mayoral candidates George Ferguson and Geoff Gallop on Thursday.
Mr Ferguson (Bristol 1st) and Mr Gallop (Conservative) addressed the pupils in an attempt to raise the level of engagement with politics from younger people ahead of the elections next week.
The visits were also designed to help students learn more about the democratic process ahead of the school's own elections.
Students at the school – now a co-operative academy – are set to elect representatives on the academy forum, which will make recommendations to the governors.
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Mr Ferguson told The Post: "It was great for them to get a bit of an insight into what the role of the mayor is all about and ask the candidates questions about the election.
"I think it's a really important chance for them to get involved with local politics by experiencing it first hand. I hope it inspired them, it was certainly very engaging."
Mr Gallop said: "Today was all about informing students about democracy and engagement.
"It was a good chance to learn about what's going on and for the students to meet the candidates.
"Coming to meet the students is all part of a city-wide debate we are having which is raising the profile of the city and creating awareness about what the city needs."