Stoke High’s student parliament celebrates success in style

  16 January, 2023

Stoke High School celebrated its student parliament’s successful first term with a dinner attended by local MP Tom Hunt and Ipswich Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Hughes alongside staff, governors, parents/carers and other prestigious local guests.

As part of an academy-wide commitment to promoting student voice, the parliamentary system was created to empower students to play their part in improving all aspects of academy life whilst gaining important leadership, collaboration and communication skills.

From campaigns, elections, debates and parliamentary meetings, student ministers have been working extremely hard to ensure that academy life is the best it can be. This includes organising a foodbank appeal to ensure they are having a positive impact on their local community.

Other local prominent figures also attended the Christmas dinner to celebrate the achievements made by the Student Parliament, including local councilors and lecturers from the University of Suffolk.

The evening was successfully hosted by numerous speakers including the academy’s Prime Minister Taye Buckley, and Deputy Prime Minister, Dylan Whitmore.

Tom Hunt, MP for Ipswich, said: “I continue to be greatly impressed by the positive progress being made at Stoke High. What they have achieved with this new parliament is truly unique and it was a great privilege to see so many of the young parliamentarians who are so passionate about their school and making positive change within their communities.”

Karen Baldwin, principal said: “I am thoroughly impressed with the progress that our student parliament has made in shaping the academy. This evening has been a wonderful opportunity to share their successes in making Stoke High School the best academy Ipswich.”

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