Mum thanks pupils for ‘beautiful gesture’ as her daughter starts new school

A mum has thanked a group of pupils for their "beautiful gesture" towards her daughter as she started a new school.

Rebekah Gumbley praised the group of year 11 girls from Rochdale 's Wardle Academy for approaching her year 7 girl to check she was OK.

They asked her if she had anyone to walk to school with, and if not, if she wanted to walk with them.

Their kindness has touched the hearts of many and the school told the Manchester Evening News the 'Wardle Way' is to look after each other.

Sharing the story of what happened in a Facebook post, Ms Gumbley said: "This morning, my Year 7 daughter was stood at the end of the road waiting for her friends to walk to school with, when she was approached by a group of Year 11 Wardle Academy girls.

"The girls asked if she was OK, if she had someone to walk to school with and, if not, would she like to walk with them.

"If you are those girls, thank you so much for your beautiful gesture.

"If you are their parents, you’re doing an amazing job."

Their kindness got the approval of hundreds of others too, with more than 1,000 people reacting to Rebekah's post on the Discuss Littleborough Facebook page.

Dozens commented, saying "there are some good teenagers about it's just the bad few that give them a bad name – well done girls".

One said: "This is lovely to read, parenting well done, just goes to show teenagers are not all bad with ill intentions, well done ladies."

Another parent added: "I’m so nervous about my son starting high school in a couple of years. This gives me hope that he will be just fine."

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