Stephen Gearing becomes the member for the UK Youth Parliament for East Arun, Adur and Worthing
20th April 2015

March saw West Sussex hold the elections for The UK Youth Parliament.  The UK Youth Parliament consists of some 300 full members (and a similar number of deputies) who are elected by the young people in the area to represent them and put forward their views to the government.  West Sussex is split into four constituencies.  The winner in each is elected as the Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) and the person in second place is appointed as their deputy.  The deputy’s role is to support the MYP and he or she can attend in the MYP’s place should they be unable to attend any meetings.  Over 20,000 youngsters in West Sussex between 11 and 18 voted.  

Stephen, a Year 8 pupil at Steyning Grammar School, won one of these seats and will hold office for the next 2 years.

Nick Wergan, Headteacher Steyning Grammar School said: “We are very proud of Stephen’s well deserved election to the UK Youth Parliament – he will be an excellent, democratic representative for his peers, and will be tenaciously determined – he is a great ambassador for young people and embodies the ethos of Steyning Grammar School perfectly. We wish him luck and he has the full support of our school community.”

Talking about the results Stephen said: “I am really pleased to have won and want to thank everyone for their support.  I will be running regular meetings in local schools to hear as many young voices as I can.  I will take the views to Westminster and fight for change where needed.”

Stephen believes that more young people need to be involved in politics especially if the voting age is to be reduced to 16. He points out that: “To vote wisely you must understand our political system and I would like to see this being a compulsory subject taught in school.

“I also want to see improvements in the care system and support for vulnerable youngsters.   There is a lot to do!

As the area’s Member of the Youth Parliament, Stephen will be responsible for rolling out his program and representing the youth in his area.

Sebastian Maxted will be Stephen’s deputy.  He is a Year 9 student at Angmering School and said: “I am really proud to have been voted in by the youth of East Arun, Adur and Worthing.”

Stephen says of Sebastian:  “I am lucky to have such a passionate Deputy to support me through the next 2 years. Together I hope Sebastian and I will represent our constituents’ views honestly and with enthusiasm.”

As well as attending meetings in Westminster, Stephen will also be working closely with whoever is the new MP for the area following the General Election.

If anyone has any views that they wish to pass to Stephen he can be contacted at and you can also follow him on Twitter @stephenukypmp


About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website  for more details or to register your interest in the events. 

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