Eastbury Community School in east London officially designated the kindest school in the UK
Story courtesty of The Independent
A comprehensive school serving one of the most deprived areas of the country has been officially designated the kindest school in the UK.
The school, the 1,850-pupil Eastbury Community School in Barking, east London, won the award after its pupils posted “choose kind” messages on a Wonder tree in a school corridor. Examples included “know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret and how to acquire without meanness” and “Why bully? Be helpful!”
The competition was inspired by the best-selling novel Wonder – about how a boy with a facial disfigurement copes at school – by R J Palacio. She chose Eastbury as the winner because she was impressed by how the whole school got behind the contest. “I was blown away by the dedication and passion the school had [for the competition],” she said. The contest was organised by publishers Penguin Random House Children’s UK with support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
In some ways, Eastbury could be considered a throwback to the kind of school common in the UK a couple of decades ago. It is a large comprehensive maintained by the local authority – Barking and Dagenham.