Leeds Children's Mayor


Introducing Wania - the 2019 Children's Mayor

On Tuesday 1st October, the Lord Mayor of Leeds announced that Wania Ahmad from Harehills Primary School had been elected as new Children's Mayor of Leeds. The competition was fierce this year with 48 schools submitting entrants and a grand total of 8,918 children and young people casting their vote - a new record for the Children's Mayor Programme.

Wania will now be invited to do a deputation to a Leeds City Council meeting to share her winning manifesto  - all about supporting the mental health of children in schools. Over the coming year, council staff will support Wania to bring her idea to life!

Rio - the 2018 Children's Mayor

June 2019 - the "Stop! Think! Racism Stinks" resouce pack produced in support of Rio's winning manifesto is now available for schools to download and use. Stop Think Racism Stinks - Resource Pack for Schools.pdf

In October 2018, Rio from Grange Farm Primary School was elected as the new Children's Mayor of Leeds after a record breaking 7,770 children and young people cast their vote.


Rio and his excellent manifesto about tackling racism proved the most popluar out of the 12 final candidates who themselves were selected from over 50 other potential candidates from primary schools around the city.

He will now fulfill the role of Childen's Mayor - representing the children of Leeds at civic events - until September 2019 and will be supported by  council staff to help address the issues raised in his manifesto.

Follow @LSChildrenMayor on Twitter to keep up to date on Rio's year. 


Isla - the 2017 Children's Mayor



On the 27th of September 2017, the Lord Mayor of Leeds announced that Isla Bentley from Gildersome Primary School had been elected as the new Children's Mayor.

Over 6,000 children and young people voted in the election and out of all the 12 finalists, Isla's idea "Kindness Costs Nothing" was the most popular! Since being elected, Isla has worked with staff from Leeds City Council to put her idea into action by running "Generous June" - a focused period where local primary schools encouraged their pupils to do random acts of kindness. You can read all about it in our Generous June Report.

Grace the 2016 Children's Mayor

Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School was elected in 2016 as the 14th Children's Mayor of Leeds. Grace's winning manifesto was called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour"and was about schools giving back to their local communities. In 2017, Grace's idea was realised with her Kind Minds Mission? and thanks to her passion for making a difference, 19 primary school took part.




About the project:

Now in its 16th year  Leeds Children's Mayor is an annual citizenship programme for primary schools. It engages children in the process of voting and democracy and promotes a better understanding of rights and responsibilities.

Schools enter a Year 5 candidate during the summer term. Entries are shortlisted down to a final 12 by a panel of children and young people, including the previous years' finalists.

Voting takes place during the summer when anyone aged 18 or under can vote for who they want to be the next Children's Mayor. This year, over 8,000 voters took part either in their schools or youth groups, online or by using our pop up polling stations around the city.


If you have any further questions about the programme please email: leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk or call Kayeligh on 07712 214392. You can also follow us on Twitter @LSChildrenMayor