Leeds Children's Mayor

Big changes are coming to the Children's Mayor programme in 2017!

Leeds Children’s Mayors is an annual citizen project that has been running for 12 years. It is run in partnership between Democratic Services and the Voice and Influence Team.  

The project aims to actively engage children in the process of democracy and promote an understanding of rights and responsibilities as well as being an active citizen. It is an opportunity for schools to encourage and support pupils to be aspirational, and recognise that their actions can influence change.

 Primary schools can enter one candidate from year 5, who will be in year 6 when they become the Leeds Children’s Mayor. We strongly encourage schools to ask all of their year 5 pupils to complete an application and hold a vote in school to choose the best overall entry to submit.

Once you have chosen your schools entry please send the completed application form, photo of the entrant and photo consent form to the Leeds Children’s Mayor team by email leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk or post Voice and Influence Team, Level 5 Thoresby House (South), 2 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DW.

Entries need to be received by Friday 30th June 2017.


To find out what the Children’s Mayor gets up to during their year in office, watch Grace’s video above! You can also download our 'Kind Minds Mission​' resource pack. Kind Minds Mission was Grace's manifesto idea and thanks to her passion for making a difference, 19 primary school took part.


All details of how to participate can be found in the downloadable resource pack​, including all key dates, entrants tasks and possible session plans.


If you have any further questions about the programme please do not hesitate to email: leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk or call 07712 214392

Grace - our 2016/17 Children's Mayor of Leeds

Throughout October and into November, over 10,000 votes were cast for the next Children's Mayor of Leeds. The result of the vote was revealed during the finals night on Tuesday 8th November with Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School receiving the most votes and becoming our 12th Children's Mayor of Leeds.


 Grace's winning manifesto is called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour" and is all about schools giving back to their communities.