Meet Lara, student parliament superstar!

Lara is a student at Henshaws Specialist College with a huge passion for politics. She's one of eighteen students who make up our Student Parliament. Here she tells us more about herself.

Lara smiling at the camera


My name is Lara but I prefer to be called Larissa.

I am almost 22 years of age and here are a few words about myself.

I am a strong willed and stubborn young woman but I also love to show everyone my caring nature and my positive attitude towards life and education.

Education has always been a huge part of my life

I went from attending a private school from the age of 6 right up until the age of 16. I achieved my German GCSE with an A*.

From the age of 16, I attended my local college where I was put into Supported Learning. My time spent there was very much worth it as I managed to achieve my Functional Skills English Level 1 and my Functional Skills Entry Level 3 in maths.

My love of politics

Since the age of around 19-20, I became fascinated in all the different areas of politics especially when it came to the educational side of politics. Ever since I overcame my own difficulties in securing funding which would allow me to become a residential student, it became a desire for me to put my own voice forward.

Writing to my local MP

My journey with politics began when I wrote a detailed and very much involved letter to my local MP Rosie Duffield.

I explained to her how I felt that students with long term disabilities should be granted funding to allow them the chance to have a proper education.

I then explained my very own journey on how my parents and I had to fight to get access to funding to ensure that I would and could be given a proper and meaningful education at Henshaws.

It has always been a dream of mine to one day appear on TV and raise my concerns and represent Henshaw’s College.

My other hobbies and interests

  • Horse riding
  • Listening to music and going on nights out to the theatre.
  • Shopping
  • Going out with friends and family

Enjoy learning all about me!


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Heather is Marketing Manager at Henshaws and responsible for promoting our services in Yorkshire, including Henshaws Specialist College and the Arts & Crafts Centre.