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Students Vote in Record Breaking ‘Make Your Mark’ Campaign

Students from Stamford Endowed Schools voted in the ‘Make Your Mark’ consultation, run by the UK Youth Parliament, after Stamford School pupil James Zhang’s (Year 12) huge help in bringing the initiative to the Schools.

The UK Youth Parliament enables young people to use their energy and passion to bring about social change. The top issues voted by young people aged 11-18 then become the factors which they campaign on during the coming year.

This year the campaign set new records in reaching 970,000 votes, from the results the top five issues young people said to be effecting them- in order- were; living wages, A curriculum to prepare them for life, transport, mental health and tackling racism and religious discrimination.

1053 pupils from Stamford Endowed Schools voted in the consultation out of the 6779 votes from across Lincolnshire, highlighting the tremendous support that James was able to gather.  In recognition of his hard work of encouraging pupils at SES to take part in the votes James was awarded with two certificates from Councillor’s Jackie Brockway and Chris Brewis from the Lincolnshire County Council, in addition to being awarded with another certificate from the British Youth Council (BYC).

Additionally, earlier this week James travelled to London to attend the British Youth Council Annual Parliamentary Reception, held in the House of Commons. Whilst there James met MP’s such as Wes Streeting, Rupa Huq and Rob Wilson.

Head of Sixth Form at Stamford School, Geoffrey Brown, said; “I have been very impressed by James’ interest in Politics and his help in the community. His dedication is inspiring to others and is a shining example to young people that they can make a difference.”