STAFF and pupils at a Worcester preparatory school have received an award for their anti-bullying work.

RGS The Grange, one of the two prep schools of RGS Worcester, has been given the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark, a national scheme which measures how good schools are at preventing bullying.

It challenges schools to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and make them part of their everyday life.

RGS The Grange began this work 18 months ago. It is the first independent school in the country to achieve the ABQM-UK Bronze Award because "staff, students, parents and governors demonstrated that anti-bullying is a whole school priority in which they all play an active role".

Headmaster Gareth Hughes said: “The training of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors by The Diana Award, an organisation inspired by the work of Diana, Princess of Wales in this area, has proved to be so supportive and successful that RGS Worcester, RGS Springfield and RGS Dodderhill are similarly training their pupils to provide this all-important support for their school communities, ensuring that the ABQM value of ‘securing safety, mental health and wellbeing for all’ is truly at the heart of all the RGS Worcester schools.”