School scoops top Parliamentary award

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A SAFETY conscious school council are celebrating success after scooping a prestigious Parliamentary award.

Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College were honoured by The Speaker’s School Council Awards scheme for their battle to bring in a 20mph zone outside the school.

Judges were said to be “incredibly impressed” by the school’s entry.

The school council are now waiting with baited breath to see if their campaign will pay dividends with County highways chiefs set to reach a verdict soon.

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, presented the award – a specially engraved plaque – to the school council on behalf of The Speaker and pledged he would continue to support the campaign.

He said: “The school council have done tremendously well to win this prestigious award and it was a great privilege to be able to present it to them.

“I’m sure it will now have pride of place in the school foyer which is already jam packed with awards.

“It makes me extremely proud that young people from Fylde are being recognised in Westminster for their hard work.

“The campaign has been extremely positive and I know councillors are listening to these young people who have made their voices heard loud and clear.”

The school council competed with 282 school councils from across the country in the 11-16 age category.

A further 19 schools were shortlisted as finalists with three to six projects were chosen from each age category.

As well as The Speaker, other members of the judging panel included Dr Emma-Jane Edge, Head of Education at the House of Commons, James Cathcart, Chief Executive of the British Youth Council and school councillors from last year’s winners.

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