Newton Abbot College was proud to be awarded the Local Heroes’ Silver Award in a presentation held on 13 July by Local Hero representative and former contestant on the Great British Bake Off, Glenn Cosby. The College’s prefect body are involved with the scheme, piloted by Devon and Cornwall Police in the Autumn of 2013, to help schools address issues of intolerance and discrimination and deliver parts of the PSHE curriculum in a new and exciting way. Local Heroes looks to challenge intolerance amongst young people, give young people from all backgrounds the power to achieve their full potential and inspire them to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Students worked with Local Heroes to talk about issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability and sub-cultures and see the impact that intolerance has, with a view to taking back what they have learned and become ambassadors for Local Heroes in their schools, sharing what they have learnt and getting the debate started with their classmates.
Newton Abbot College has worked extremely hard to achieve the coveted Silver Award, and Local Hero Glenn Cosby was delighted to present the award: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to celebrate Newton Abbot College winning the Local Heroes’ Silver Award. The award reflects the support and exceptional work undertaken to counter discrimination, bullying and hate crime. It has been a pleasure to work with the prefects who have, and continue to make positive contributions to their school and community.”
Newton Abbot College’s Head of House and lead on Anti-Bullying, Anne Farnham, added ”I am so grateful to all the students and staff who have given so much time, support and effort in promoting this initiative, this just couldn’t happen without them. This is such an important award and I look forward to achieving the Gold Award.”