Marlborough students take fresh look at body image

This Is Wiltshire: Students from the Central School of Speech and Drama with St John’s Year 10 students Students from the Central School of Speech and Drama with St John’s Year 10 students

Students from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London visited St John’s School in Marlborough last week to work with GCSE drama students in a project to promote healthy body image in young people.

The six students – Ellie Mayes, Andrew Dean, Maria Hazlewood, Claudia Lander-Duke, Hannah Monga and Jack Williams – are undergraduates at the University of London and ran a workshop that was devised with Shape Your Culture, a project run by AnyBody UK/ Endangered Bodies London.

The students have raised funds to cover their travel costs and visited four London schools in weeks to deliver their workshop.

Ellie Mayes studied A-Level drama at St John’s until 2008.

She said: “I enjoyed my years at St John’s and it has been great to visit the new school building and meet some of my old teachers. Working with the GCSE students was a fun experience with a serious message. Our workshop concerns issues of body image and the way society and media depicts this.”

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