Students are taking responsibility for supporting one another as Nidderdale High School prepares to launch a new anti-bullying ambassador scheme.
Roughly 10 pupils from year seven to nine are to receive training from the school and offer peer-to-peer support as part of the initiative which launches in early March.
The scheme is one of three planned at the school this year and follows students coming forward after the half term NICE (Nidderdale Independence Challenge and Enrichment) day.
Workshops and other activities take the place of normal lessons for a day, covering topics including staying safe online.
Headteacher, Kath Jordan said: “All three initiatives will give our young people the opportunity to develop their leadership qualities and a sense of social responsibility.
“It is really important to us as a school that we are equipping our young people with the skills and developing the qualities they will need for success in adult life alongside their academic success.
“I am delighted that students are engaging with the really important topics we cover in NICE days in a meaningful and proactive way.
“Young people can be really powerful agents for change within their peer group and it is good to know that we are developing students at Nidderdale High School who want to support each other and make a difference in people’s lives.”
The ambassadors will offer fellow students mentoring and run a confidential post box system for issues to be raised anonymously.
The school is also set to host lessons for primary school pupils taught by members of its year seven and eight classes. Alongside plans for a creative writing project visiting pupils will be able to ask questions about the transition to secondary school.
Applications are also being submitted by year nine and 10 pupils for positions as learning mentors with the after-school provision at St Cuthbert’s Church of England Primary School.