Picture: Aylsham High School’s anti-bullying stars meet celebrity Carrie Grant

Aylsham High School's Friendly Faces representatives pictured at the London event with Carrie Grant.

Aylsham High School's Friendly Faces representatives pictured at the London event with Carrie Grant. From left: Anthony Loftus, Tom Wilkes, Charlie Randall and Jamie Spooner. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Fame Academy vocal coach Carrie Grant praised the work of Aylsham High School's anti-bullying team during a showcase national event held at Facebook's London headquarters.

Ms Grant, who is now a reporter on the BBC's The One Show, was among celebrities attending Monday's event where the best of British schools' anti-bullying ideas were screened and discussed, including a video following Aylsham's Friendly Faces team at work.

Representatives from Friendly Faces had been invited to attend by the Diana Award charity, named in honour of the late Princess of Wales, and by anti-bullying champion Alex Holmes.

The team was represented by Friendly Face captain Anthony Loftus, Charlie Randall, Tom Wilkes and Jamie Spooner who were presented with a Diana anti-bullying champion award during the event.

'It was great to see how much not only the celebrities and the schools supported the anti-bullying ambassador programme, but how much Facebook wanted to help kids with issues over social network sites,' said Jamie.

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'After our video, Carrie Grant was asked to speak about why she had been invited to attend. Her speech about bullying was awe-inspiring and we were honoured when she spoke highly of the work we do in school, wishing that a similar scheme existed in the school her own children attended.

'Overall it was a great day which has made me even more determined to help as much as possible the younger kids at the school with their issues, no matter how big or small.'

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Friendly Faces, a team of 60 pupils in years 10 and 11, patrol the playground in high-visibility jackets, hold drop-in sessions for pupils to air concerns, and visit primary schools to help ease the transition to high school for older pupils.

Teacher Kirsty Connor, head of Friendly Faces, said she was 'incredibly proud' of the team and of the national recognition they had received.

'They are role models for the entire student body,' she said. 'It is particularly useful to meet other like-minded teams to steal new ideas from. While we feel we do a good job to tackle bullying there is always more to be done. The team are keen to take on new ideas and develop the scheme further in future years'

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