Students across PGHS recently took part in a mock US Presidential Election, organised by the History Department. There was already a lot of interest in the election but few students (like many British adults), understood the complexities of the US electoral system, particularly the workings of the Electoral College. In our mock election, PGHS was made the unofficial 51st state, with 12 electoral college votes based on a population of 7.7 million people (we have 775 students on roll!).
Having heard and discussed the policies of both the Democratic and Republican parties, each class took part in a secret ballot and cast their votes. 731 students voted and the results were as follows:
Joe Biden – Democratic Party – 723 votes
Donald Trump – Republican Party – 8 votes
An emphatic landslide victory for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party!
Of course, the real excitement came when it appeared that the election was going to be a very close-run thing; several students stayed up to watch the results coming in live, wondering whether the 12 electoral college votes from PGHS would prove to be the deciding factor.
What was most impressive for us, was seeing the enthusiasm and engagement in politics. From Year 7 through to Year 11, many students spoke passionately and eloquently about the two parties and their policies.
Mr Ramsdale, Senior Assistant Headteacher