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Student Snapshot – Keiran Wakley

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Keiran Wakley has made an early start to his planned career in Politics: he has just been appointed as a member of Linton Parish Council at the age of 18!

Keiran is taking our Access to A Level programme, studying for GCSE English, Psychology and Sociology and the Use of Maths Certificate. “Until January 2011 I was living in Spain and taking a GCSE equivalent qualfication there, but when we came back it proved difficult to transfer. I decided to delay starting English GCSEs until September 2011.”

To make good use of the time between, Keiran joined the Prince’s Trust course at Cambridge Regional College. “The Trust was set up by Prince Charles to help young people develop the skills they need to find employment.  Some of these have struggled at school, faced problems at home or been in trouble with the law.” At the end of the course, Keiran was appointed to the role of Young Ambassador. “This means that I act as a fundraiser and spokesperson for the Trust for the next year,” he explains.

As Young Ambassador, Keiran has been to the Houses of Parliament to give a talk to Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. He has also raised a substantial sum of money from local businesses, notably from law firm Towry.

Keiran’s father persuaded him to attend Parish Council meetings. “I have always been interested in Politics,” he adds. “I had to wait until my 18th birthday in February to join the council. One of the local issues which interests me is transport, and it will be interesting to see what happens at the local elections on 3 May.”

Keiran is planning to take A level Politics, Economics, Business Studies and Sociology from September 2012. “I want to study Politics at university. I did consider taking AS Spanish as I speak and write the language fluently, but I wanted to focus on the courses which will get me where I want to go.”