A PUPIL from St Augustine’s Catholic High School has been presented with a prestigious Diana Award, founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Ellesse Cooke received the award for being a peer mentor in school, meaning that even in the face of a constantly demanding work schedule while studying in Year 13, young people had someone to talk to, turn to and trust at any time.

The 17-year-old, from Bromsgrove, brought maturity, sensibility and a listening and supportive ear to the mentees she has supported as well as incorporating fresh and practical ways in which to support young people.

A school spokesman said: "We at St Augustine’s Catholic High School are extremely proud of Ellesse. The Diana Award will encourage her to continue the charity's work and will hopefully inspire others to volunteer in their schools and communities.

"Ellesse is delighted to receive an award in recognition of her commitment to helping others and supporting the community."

The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Princess Diana in 1999 and has recognised thousands of young people who have made a positive difference to their community.

It endeavors to appreciate and celebrate the work which young people make to society - especially those who are young ambassadors, young leaders, young humanitarians, fund raisers, environmental campaigners and mentors.

Tessy Ojo, executive director of the Diana Award, added: “We are proud to recognise young campaigners, like Ellesse, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe.. With a growing network of over 40,000 award holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to take social action and improve our communities.”