The Hastings Academy student elected as Youth Parliament Representative

The University of Brighton Academies Trust are very proud to announce that Lily, year 8 pupil at The Hastings Academy, has been elected as Hastings and Rother’s new Youth Parliament Representative.

Taking advantage of her place on the East Sussex Youth Cabinet, Lily took this as the perfect opportunity to apply for the post of the local area representative. As part of the application process, Lily had to create and present a speech on why she believed she would be a great candidate for the position, promoting her ability to be the spokesperson her community needs knowing her voice would have impact. Since then, Lily has worked on the ‘Make our Mark’ campaign - a nationwide vote run across all schools in the country where students can choose issues or topics for the Youth Cabinet to investigate into, with the hope it will bring positive change to the local area.

Principal at The Hastings Academy, Hilary Morawska, said “We are very proud of Lily, for her tenacity and success. This is a brilliant achievement, for there were many worthy candidates also running for this post. Lily, on Friday 18 March, had the opportunity to meet Sally Ann Hart MP for Hastings and Rother, and Baroness Barron (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Minister for the School System) where she had expressed her desire to study Law and Politics at Oxford University and ultimately become a member of parliament. A huge congratulations to you.”

The University of Brighton Academies Trust and everyone at The Hastings Academy look forward to hearing about the opportunities this has in store for Lily – the very start of what could blossom into her future career. Well done.