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.”