School wins award for work to tackle bullying

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A school project has won an award for its work to tackle bullying.

Wingfield Business and Enterprise College in Rotherham is pioneering the Safe Havens scheme to help students feel safer and excel in lessons.

It allows teenagers to act as leaders supporting others, with a special area of the school set aside as quiet space where students can get away from the hustle and bustle of the main area during break times.

It has already won a Rotherham Young Achievers award , a gold council prize and a national Diana Award.

It is currently being rolled out to Thrybergh Comprehensive School, with others schools requesting training on setting up or re-launching their own units.

Rotherham Youth Cabinet has asked Rotherham Council’s scrutiny commission to look into the scheme and see if all secondary schools could adopt something similar.

Coun Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “The Safe Havens project is a real feather in the cap for Wingfield Business and Enterprise College, which already has a first-class reputation as a school which cares for its pupils.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people to take the lead, gaining new skills and responsibilities.”

The project is run by young people who give up their time during the school day and holidays to develop the scheme.

Lesley Homer, Wingfield associate headteacher, said: “We are proud of the Safe Havens concept and the dedication shown by staff and students to its philosophy and ambition.

“Students who undertake key responsibilities within the scheme have grown to become inspiring, altruistic individuals.”