Wall spreads anti-bullying message
COOMBESHEAD Academy has created a 'pledge wall' to stamp out bullying at the Newton Abbot secondary school.
All students will sign the painted wall to say they understand how to treat others in the school.
It was set up after Coombeshead created a group of students to be anti-bullying ambassadors last year.
It started with three ambassadors, and this has now risen to 50, with 10 in each year group.
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This was followed by a training day with Alex Homes, of the Diana Trust, towards the end of 2012 when numbers increased to 50.
As part of the training process, students were put in role-play situations to learn how to deal with bullies and help those who were being picked on.
The ambassadors now host drop-in sessions for students who feel left out or need a chat at break times.
"It's important we are there for students who are being bullied. If they need someone, we will be there for them," said Alex Hart, 14, who is an anti-bullying ambassador at the school.
"We make sure everything we are told by somebody who is being bullied is confidential. If we have to have a word with the bully about their behaviour, we will," said Poppy Manning, 15, who is also an anti-bullying ambassador.
Students are also encouraged to give compliments to each other during tutorial time.
"It brings everyone together and realises their talents," said Alice Lentern,12, who is enjoying her role as an ambassador.