STUDENTS from schools across Sandwell have been standing up to bullying, with everything from rap to designing T-shirts.

Sandwell Council’s SHAPE team, who work closely with young people in the borough, have been going into schools and rewarding pupils for their hard work.

Students at St Michael’s CofE High School in Rowley Regis have picked up a democracy award for their participation in the SHAPE Programme during the past 12 months, including taking part in the anti-bullying roadshow.

While pupils from OSCA in Oldbury have been commended for an anti-bullying rap they wrote.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children services, said: “There’s some great work going on in our schools to tackle bullying.

“The young people are really imaginative, they really care about how others feel and they want to do what they can to make sure everyone enjoys and thrives at school – which is why bullying has no place in our classrooms in Sandwell.”

Kerry Whitehouse, school engagement development manager at St Michael’s CofE High School, added: “Our students have had the opportunity to take part in several SHAPE events over the past twelve months.

“They loved the SHAPE conference as they had the opportunity to meet other school and take part in workshops with organisations.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the democracy sward for our contribution to SHAPE. It is lovely for our students to receive recognition for all of their commitment and dedication.”

Children from all over the borough are invited to the free SHAPE Youth Festival on Saturday (July 14) at Sandwell Valley. For more information about the event go to