Langdon’s Khadija Sethi Voted Young Mayor of Newham
Every Autumn the young people of our borough go to the polls to vote for their preferred candidate to become Young Mayor of Newham. And, having last held office in 2014-15, a Langdon student has, once again, won the election.
Khadija Sethi, from Year 11, secured over 1900 votes from 13,000 votes which were cast across the borough. Given that this represents a 76% turnout of the eligible vote, she has secured the kind of majority that would make many parliamentary politicians envious.
Upon being appointed Young Mayor of Newham, Khadija thanked her teachers and the campaign team who had supported her throughout the process. However, her success will come as no surprise to those in Langdon and elsewhere who know her well. Khadija is no stranger to community service, nor to current affairs and public speaking.
As one of our Franklin Scholars, Khadija has already shown her commitment to serving and helping others within the school and through her membership of the Langdon Debating Club she has had plenty of opportunity to think and speak on many issues, such as democracy and the European Union.
“It is amazing, that my peers and teachers have helped me achieve so much” was the verdict of Khadija after being elected at The Old Town Hall, Stratford. She went on to say “I believe in democracy and as Young Mayor, I want to be the voice of young people in my school and the local community; Langdon has produced Young Mayors in the past and this felt extra special on the 10th Anniversary of the Young Mayor Elections”
After congratulating Khadija, Peter Whittle, the Academy Principal, commented, “This is a tremendous and well-deserved achievement for Khadija and a proud moment for the Academy. Langdon students typically have a very strong sense of community and of justice which equips them well for their life beyond school. I am sure that Khadija will achieve a great deal during her term of office – hopefully including an impressive set of GCSE results.”