Students from Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge, Kent, have been observing democracy in action at a council meeting.
The school council members, aged 12 to 15, found out how local government works on a trip to watch a Kent County Council meeting, which included an address by council leader Paul Carter about cuts that would need to be made and new relationships forged between schools as a result of the Academies Bill.
As well as watching the meeting, the group were able to quiz Bill Hayton, chairman of the council.
Kimberley Simons, a Year 9 pupil, said: "This was a good experience. We have also invited Bill Hayton to come to our school to see how our council works." HW.