schools were given awards for encouraging young people to take part in elections.
Bourne Community College in Southbourne was among the 23 winners of an award, which was presented by Tim Loughton, minister for children and families, at the Houses of Parliament.
In March this year, 20,088 young people voted in countywide elections for the current 48 members of the West Sussex Youth Cabinet and four Youth MPs.
Bourne was one of 10 to get a gold award as there was a 90 per cent turnout.
Mr Loughton said: ‘It was a pleasure as always to welcome the Democracy Award winners and organisers to parliament for the fourth year running, and a record number this year.
‘Where local elections struggle to get a third of the adult electorate to turn out this campaign has succeeded in encouraging more than 90 per cent of students in some schools to step forward, register their vote and have their say.
‘It is further proof that young people need to be listened to.’