Eighth success in a row for Aylsham High School’s Friendly Faces team

Friendly faces anti-bullying scheme at Aylsham High School win Diana Award

Friendly faces anti-bullying scheme at Aylsham High School win Diana Award - Credit: Archant

Dedicated youngsters in a school's anti-bullying scheme have won an award for their hard work — for the eighth time in a row.

The students at Aylsham High School offer a drop-in service, where troubled pupils can sort through problems at school — called Friendly Faces.

And they have won the Diana Award for their hard work, which recognises youngster who have changed the lives of others.

It was set up as a lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales, in memory of her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

The Aylsham students have won the award each year since 2007.

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Kirsty Connor, a history teacher who organises friendly faces, said she was proud of the team.

She said: 'Having the recognition of this hard work nationally only inspires them to do more and they love that students in other schools like Reepham and Hobart High have been inspired to tackle bullying within school themselves via peer led schemes.

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'Student leadership is a key reason why our school is outstanding and friendly faces are a prime example of how student leadership can be used as a force for good and change the outlook of the whole school community.'

The friendly faces team also patrol the playground at lunchtime wearing high visibility coats.

And they have paid visits neighbouring primary schools to talk to students before they move up to high school.

The anti-bullying group reached the final of the Bernard Matthews youth awards and were invited to showcase their work at a Facebook HQ at a celebrity-filled event organised by the Diana Award last summer.

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