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Sixth form student wins national accolade 24 November 2008

A Year 13 student at Castle Rushen High School has gained national recognition in the form of a Diana Anti-bullying Award.

Imogen Birchall, 17, has won the award for her role in supporting the implementation and development of the Peer Support System at Castle Rushen High School.

Imogen, from Port Erin, has worked consistently over the last 18 months researching and planning for the launch of the scheme and has lead a team of Year 11 and 13 students in mentoring younger students.

'Setting up the Peer Support scheme has been a huge opportunity and I have enjoyed making a big difference to the school,' said Imogen. 'I am thrilled to receive such a prestigious award and am looking forward to going to London. I hope that the whole team is recognised for their hard work and that the scheme continues to be successful.'

Imogen was nominated for the award by staff at Castle Rushen High School and has been invited to a ceremony at Canary Wharf in London on 15th December to be presented with her award by Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, the Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP and founder and chair of ChildLine and President of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Esther Rantzen.

John Binns, Joint Acting Headteacher, said:

'Castle Rushen High School is characterised by its family atmosphere, community identity and care and concern among its students. We are delighted that this is reflected in the commitment that our students show to supporting each other in this way. We are immensely proud of Imogen and the team of students who have worked with her to achieve this national recognition.'

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