National audience for school’s anti-bullying work

Eastlands Primary anti-bullying ambassadors with Ben Cohen NNL-160615-120431001
Eastlands Primary anti-bullying ambassadors with Ben Cohen NNL-160615-120431001

The cameras have rolled into town and a celebrity guest has dropped by to help highlight a Rugby school’s anti-bullying work.

And on Tuesday, July 5, the work of Eastlands Primary School pupils will be premiered to an audience of some 200 celebrity and VIP guests at Facebook in London.

Eastlands was selected by the Diana Anti-Bullying Award as just one of three schools in England to showcase their work.

Filming has taken place this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

And for Wednesday’s session in the spotlight they were joined by England World Cup winning rugby star Ben Cohen, who is closely involved in work to tackle bullying through his StandUp Foundation.

Ten young people from Eastlands have been trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors by the Diana Award and have gone on to lead the school’s anti-bullying work.

They have just been awarded a Diana Award to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

Headteacher, Karen Hegarty said: “As a new member of staff at Eastlands I have been impressed by the work undertaken by our anti-bullying ambassadors and the staff that work with them.

“They are all fully committed to what they do and all pupils here know that there is support available to them if they feel they are being bullied.

“It was a very proud moment for me when the children went to Birmingham to receive the school’s second Diana Award for all their hard work. It is so well deserved.”

The Diana Award was set up in memory of Princess Diana and her sons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry support it.