Leeds Children's Mayor

The 2019 programme is live!

We are excited to announce that the process of electing the fifteenth Children's Mayor of Leeds has begun!

Leeds Children's Mayor (LCM) is a democracy, voice and citizenship project run in partnership between the Democratic Services and Children & Families departments at Leeds City Council. It aims to actively engage children in democracy and local elections and encourages them to think about how they would improve their city and community.

Primary schools are invited to submit a Year 5 candidate to take part in the elections that will be held over the summer. The deadline is Friday 28th June. The results of the vote will be announced by the Lord Mayor of Leeds on 1st October by which point the winner will be in Year 6.

For those who don't get elected, it is still a fantastic  experience - with every single entrant and their family being invited for tea with the Lord Mayor. For schools, it is a great opportunity to enhance your KS2 citizenship curriculum.

To take part in LCM schools simply need to download our LCM How to Enter - Resource pack 2019 .zip which contains everything you need to get started. If you have never taken part before and would appreciate additional support please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Check out the video below to hear more about the programme from our current LCM, Rio

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Rio - the 2018 Children's Mayor

NEWS! 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 15th year and celebrating a record 50+ schools taking part, 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. Last year, over 7000 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 07712 214392. You can also follow us on Twitter @LSChildrenMayor