POLL RESULT: Comet readers and Stevenage schoolchildren have their say on Scottish independence referendum

St Nicholas Primary School students have organised their own Scottish referendum

St Nicholas Primary School students have organised their own Scottish referendum - Credit: Archant

Scotland decides whether to vote for or against independence from the UK today but Comet readers and schoolchildren alike have been having their say on the debate.

As the number of flags suggests, the Stevenage pupils voted overwhelmingly in favour of Scotland rem

As the number of flags suggests, the Stevenage pupils voted overwhelmingly in favour of Scotland remaining in the UK - Credit: Archant

The Comet asked readers whether they would vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to independence if England had a say in the referendum, with two thirds – 67 per cent – against Scotland leaving Great Britain.

Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Nicholas Primary School in Stevenage agreed, voting overwhelmingly against independence in the mock ballot.

Before voting the students watched current affairs programmes on the subject, held a debate in class, interviewed Scottish people and carried out research on the electoral process.

Helen Ackerman, acting headteacher at the school in Valley Way, said: “It is great to bring real life issues to the classroom and see the children so engaged.”


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Nine-year-old William Greig, who is in Year 5, said: “This has made me feel as if I am actually taking part in the Scottish vote and it has been really amazing.”

Year 6 student Ibukun Oluleye, 10, added: “It has been brilliant to put forward our own voice. I’ve watched lots about Scotland on the television but this has been for real.”

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