BARONESS Jones of Moulsecoomb has become patron at a school catering for special needs.

The role at St John’s School and College in Brighton will entail raising awareness of it, supporting its events and helping increase its profile in the community and further afield.

The Baroness has met principal Simon Charleton and development officer Nicholas Cross.

The new patron position is a volunteer one, designed to help the work of the school, which is also a learning disability charity which also has a base in Seaford.

The baroness will also help St John’s to be represented and supported in learning disability issues and discussions, both locally and in Parliament.

Baroness Jones has a long and impressive career. She was introduced to the House of Lords on November 5, 2013, and was elected to represent the Green Party there by party members.

She took her title – Jones of Moulsecoomb – from the council estate she grew up on in Brighton.

Mr Charleton said: “It’s a great honour to have the support of Jenny, who will publicly help our charitable work and raise awareness for what we do.

“It’s a pleasure to gain the support of a local, influential and dedicated person with their finger on the pulse of Brighton’s issues and who understands our ongoing mission to make the world a better, safer and easily accessible place for our learners.”

Baroness Jones said: “I feel very lucky to be able to support such an excellent project in my home town.”