Langdon Students talk aspiration and future plans with Local MP

Stephen Timms MP visited Langdon Academy to meet students to discuss young people’s issues and visit Lessons. The event, included students from across the school. Pupils at hosted a Question and Answer session with Stephen before he visited Lessons. He was joined by Langdon Principal Peter Whittle and Head of Secondary Jamie Brooks.


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“It was good to meet him and talk about prospects for young people like me” said Jahid Hussain, 15 in Year 10. Jahid asked about more experiences for young people beyond the class room such as work related learning. Stephen stated that employers were key to securing more engagement with young people and this was something he was committed to.

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“We just did a unit of work on Elections and Voting in Year 8, so it was a good way to learn more by asking him about his role as Member of Parliament” said Akmal Sherwali, 13 in Year 8.

“I asked about litter and the environment because it can be a real problem in our local area” said Sonu Satheesan 13 in Year 8.


“I wanted to know what his immediate priorities were for East Ham” said Year 11 pupil Laysa Manocher 16. Stephen reiterated his support for everyone of working age to have an opportunity for a job.

Students also had an opportunity to share their views on what it meant to be a pupil at Langdon Academy. “Mr Timms told us what about his role and how he felt being re-elected so we really wanted him to know about how our Academy has developed” said Mohammed Abdur Rauf, 16 in Year 11. Students were asked to describe what it meant to be a pupil at Langdon in one word. “Creative” “Innovative” “Enjoyment” “Inspired” “Great” and “Privileged” were just some of the words used by assembled students.

"I enjoyed a lively and thoughtful discussion with the group of Year 8 students at Langdon Academy. They were asking good questions about my hopes for our area, and about the opportunities they can look forward to in the future. Langdon Academy has been through some difficult times. I was pleased at the progress the school has made recently, with Peter Whittle as Principal, and that all the students were very positive about their experiences at Langdon", was the verdict of Mr Timms during his visit.

Students at Langdon Academy have a strong history of promoting democracy having a record number of pupils past and present who have won the Young Mayor of Newham Elections and recently hosting a Hustings for The General Election 2015. The event was another testament to this commitment and the Academy looks forward in supporting pupils to become informed, active and responsible citizens.


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