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Deputy Mayor Sees Democracy In Action On Visit To Reynolds Academy

The Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, enjoys a tour of Reynolds Academy with Principal Rebecca Scott, left, and Vice Principal Lisa Waring, led by Year 6 School Council members, from left, Finnley Snowden, Imogen Hambling, Harry Money, and Gracie McKenna.


The Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire praised democracy in action on a visit to Reynolds Academy as he met members of the School Council.

Cllr Steve Beasant said that after the poor turnout in the recent elections, he feels it is now more important than ever to inspire young people to get involved in decisions which affect them.

He said: “Children need to learn to make decisions. The school council teaches them about democracy, which is very important because a lot of youngsters get turned off by politicians. In the recent elections the turnout was abysmal, so let’s get children interested and engaged in politics early on.”

The Deputy Mayor said that as he nears 70 years of age he feels it is important for him to meet young people.

“I am getting to that stage in my life where it is important for me to get back to reality, to see what affects children, see what their concerns are and, hopefully, I would love to implement some of the decisions that children make. 

“It is absolutely great to see them asking questions of me, and some difficult questions too. I like to be honest with them, so if we cannot afford to do something we should be telling them that. We should encourage young people to be a valid part of our local community.”

Cllr Beasant said he was really pleased to have been able to tour the Academy and meet the children.

“I have really enjoyed it. The children are absolutely fantastic. The youngsters are really enjoying themselves in pleasant surroundings and the school is really well laid out. It has been a pleasure.”

Rebecca Scott, Reynolds Academy Principal, said the Deputy Mayor’s visit had really impressed the children and they were all eager to show him what they are doing in school.

“At Reynolds Academy we consider ourselves a family and we learn from each other. Giving pupils the chance to put forward their ideas through the School Council gives them some ownership of their school and promotes pride and enthusiasm for continuing to make it the very best,” she added.

Before he left, the Foundation Stage children treated The Deputy Mayor to a sneak preview of their rehearsals for their Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, which will take place next week.


The Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, visited Reynolds Academy in Cleethorpes where he enjoyed a tour of the Academy, and met the children in each class.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Steve Beasant, was presented with a picture of himself drawn by Isabelle-Rose Williams (5) on his visit to Reynolds Academy.

The Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, visited Reynolds Academy in Cleethorpes where he spoke to the children before going on a tour of the school led by the School Council.

Children in the library at Reynolds Academy meet the Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, on his visit to the school.

Reynolds Academy children meet the Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Steve Beasant, as he tours their classrooms.


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