Bite the Ballot

Our sixth formers worked with Durham County Council and the campaign group Bite The Ballot to launch a campaign to try to persuade their fellow teenagers to use their vote.

As part of the campaign they have worked with Bite The Ballot to produce a short film, encouraging other young people to register to vote in time for the General Election, which was launched at the academy on 28 January 2015.  The film shows first-time voters how to get involved in the democratic process.

David Collingwood, the council’s electoral services manager, said: “Traditionally voter turnout amongst people aged 18 – 24 is low and we wanted to play our part in helping to address that. By working with Bite The Ballot and this group of fantastic students we hope young people will understand that they must register individually to vote in this year’s General Election and that they will be inspired to do just that. The students should be very proud of what they have helped to achieve and I have every hope they will make a difference.”

The film produced by the students will be at the heart of a campaign by Durham County Council to increase the number of young people registering to vote and taking part in the democratic process.

The video is available online at

Anyone hoping to register to vote can do so online, as long as they have their national insurance number, via

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