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Well done Wes!

19 October 2020

Westminster City School Old Boy, Wes Streeting, has been appointed the UK’s Shadow Minister for Schools.

The Labour MP for Ilford North since 2015, Wes had been Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He tweeted that he was “absolutely thrilled” to be asked to take on the Shadow Minister for Schools role, adding: “Having grown up on a council estate, on free school meals, experiencing child poverty in the 1980s, I wouldn’t be where I am today without a great state education.”

Wes attended Westminster City School from 1994 to 2001, before reading history at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. Earlier this month, he took part in an online careers event with some of our young people, talking about his experience of working as an MP. When asked how his time at Westminster City School helped in his future career, Wes said: “They say you never forget a good teacher and that is absolutely true! There were great teachers across Westminster City School but I particularly remember a few individuals who were very supportive of me and really made a difference.

“I remain very grateful to Westminster City School; it doesn’t place limits on you or suggest where you should or shouldn’t end up. Both the School and education give you an opportunity and it gives you a platform to learn about yourself, to develop your own sense who you are, what you stand for and where you want to go in life."

Mr Broughton, Headteacher, said: “Congratulations from all at Westminster City School to Wes on his frontbench role. This is a fantastic achievement at such a young age and we look forward to seeing what he will do in this new position. 

“Westminster City School has a long history of educating young people in London, so it comes as no surprise that many of our pupils have gone on to enjoy success in their career and 2020 has certainly seen our alumni making the news, with Wes taking on this new post and John Boyega taking a strong stand in the Black Lives Matter campaign.”

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