WARRINGTON school children were commended at the annual ‘Wise Up’ awards, where 35 schools were celebrated for tackling bullying
The awards, led by the Warrington Hate Crime Action Alliance were attended by Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Wendy Johnson and Chief Inspector Simon Meegan, of Warrington \Police, who made presentations to the pupils to highlight the work they and their schools had done to tackle bullying and hate crime.
Deputy leader of the borough council Cllr Cathy Mitchel and Cllr Tony Higgins also attended the event in support of the positive work being done by schools across the borough.
The event was a celebration of how the schools had created welcoming, safe environments where children can be free of bullying, regardless of disability, sexual orientation, race, gender expression or religion.
Some highlights included:
· Grappenhall St Wilfred’s school, who were first time entrants and received a Platinum award. The panel were particularly impressed by their sensitive work across all protected characteristics and the very dynamic anti-bullying charter.
· Beamont Collegiate Academy, who have been doing great work on gender equality, delivering LGBT training to other schools and are leading by example.
Seven platinum, 14 gold, 13 silver and one bronze award were presented to the schools, based on the strength of answers and supporting statements made in their nominations.
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We’re proud to commend and celebrate the achievements of Warrington schools and pupils in their efforts against bullying and hate crime.
“Our young people are certainly setting the example of how to create an inclusive community that celebrates diversity.
“We hope that our communities continue to benefit from their thoughtful and important work.”
The Wise Up! initiative is led by Warrington Speak Up for the Warrington Hate Crime Action Alliance, supported by Warrington Borough Council and Cheshire Police. The scheme was launched in 2014 to promote awareness of hate crime in schools and to reward actions to combat bullying and hate crime
Schools nominated for awards were:
Beamont Collegiate Academy, Bradshaw Primary School, Chapelford Primary School, Grappenhall St Wilfrid’s, St Gregory’s High School, Meadowside CP School, St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
Birchwood High School, Brook Acre Primary School, Christ Church CE Primary, Culcheth Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Sir Thomas Boteler, St Monica’s, St Andrews CE Primary School, St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School, St Thomas’ C E Primary School, St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Stockton Heath Primary School, Woolston 6th Form, Woolston CE Primary School
Cinnamon Brow Primary School, Croft Primary School, Gorse Covet Primary School, Great Sankey Primary School, Our Lady Catholic Primary, Ravenbank Primary School, Sankey Valley St James CE, St Barnabas, St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School, St Lewis RC Primary School, St Oswald’s Primary School, Statham Primary School, Thelwall Junior School, Twiss Green Primary School