Graham Jones MP and Matthew Lord from Burnley College present the certificates to Priya Patel, Jodie Bradshaw and Amanda Capstick.

Graham Jones MP and Matthew Lord from Burnley College present the certificates to Priya Patel, Jodie Bradshaw and Amanda Capstick.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones was in school last week to present Rhyddings students with the Discovering Democracy Award. This new award is given to schools that encourage pupils to take an interest in the democratic process. We are one of the first 19 schools to be recognised by the British Youth Council for encouraging pupils to have their say in society – both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.

Mr Jones took a tour of the school and discussed his role as MP with some of the students. He was also joined by Matthew Lord from Burnley College who presented our Student Parliament members with a copy of the mission statement they created as part of some workshops last year.

The Discovering Democracy Award, which was created to support the need to develop character as well as a strong grounding in core academic subjects, was launched by the British Youth Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education last September.

All awards are judged by a panel of young people and will celebrate and share the success of schools and colleges that go further in equipping their students with the skills and knowledge to use their voice in our society.

Andrew Thomas, Lead Learner for Student Impact, said: “We were pleased to welcome Graham Jones into school and he was very impressed by the students’ knowledge, enthusiasm and the work they have done so far. I think this goes to show that our students have definitely earned their Discovering Democracy Award.”