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Schoolgirl’s award for standing up to bullies

ROLE MODEL ... Boldon School deputy headteacher Chris Smith presents Chantel Swindon with her anti-bullying award.

ROLE MODEL ... Boldon School deputy headteacher Chris Smith presents Chantel Swindon with her anti-bullying award.

A PUPIL from a South Tyneside school has been praised for her stance against bullies.

Chantel Swindon, from Boldon School, was presented with an award for Oustanding Anti-bullying Work 2012 by the borough’s council.

This year, the 15-year-old has helped another pupil who was being bullied through the school’s Peer Mentoring Scheme, which was set up as part of National Anti-Bullying Week.

She received the accolade when Boldon School held the borough’s Anti-bullying Awards last month.

The school itself was also recognised for the work it has done to help pupils who are being bullied.

National Anti-Bullying Week was first held in 2004.

Since its introduction, schools across the country have brought in several ways to support victims of bullying such as counselling and mentoring schemes.

Boldon School’s peer mentoring programme sees older students support younger ones

The programme is run by the school’s learning mentors Val Hanson and Malcolm Branch, who train a group of students each year to be Peer Supporters.

Deputy headteacher Chris Smith said: “Everyone at the school is extremely proud of Chantel for receiving the award.

“She is a great role model for other students and proof that our anti-bullying work pays off.

“Chantel helped another student who has been bullied, and regardless of her own problems, she has supported another student after school, giving up her time to show her strategies on how to combat bullies.”

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