Millfield has teamed up with The Diana Award to launch a pupil-led support network across the school.
The founding group of pupils, from across all year groups, have received specialist training from the charity’s Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme. The pupil ambassadors, expanding on the school’s current pastoral programme, will work across the campus and within their boarding houses to promote a culture which celebrates difference and helps keep their peers safe both online and offline.
Set up in 2011, the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of The Diana Award, which was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
The initiative builds on Millfield’s extensive pastoral support programme which includes having five dedicated safeguarding leads and three on-site counsellors. Pupils also learn about pastoral matters through timetabled weekly PSHEE lessons and in a range of forums such as pupil-led councils and committees, house meetings and through house and school based discussion groups.
The pupils aim to make themselves known as a support network through activities and events, with a long term goal to have an Anti-Bullying Ambassador positioned in every house.
Millfield Lower Sixth pupil, Jack Duperouzel, says, “We want to show that our school is a place where everyone is treated fairly and where there is a sense of comradary between pupils. If we have more and more Anti-Bullying Ambassadors among the years, then we can show the younger pupils what a role model really looks like: one who is kind and compassionate with others, as well as still being socially relevant in the pupil’s day to day life.”
Kait Weston, Millfield’s Deputy Head (Pastoral), says, “We’re delighted to be working with The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme, which will continue to empower our pupils to use their voices and make the changes they wish to see at Millfield.”