Fernhurst Primary School is to be awarded the Silver Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum.  A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. There are over 1000 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have achieved Silver and over 400 schools that have been awarded Gold, the next step up and highest accolade granted by Unicef. 

Deputy Head and Rights Respecting School Leader at Fernhurst Primary School, Libby Isaac, commented: “We could not be prouder of the school for achieving this award. Over the last year we have spent time embedding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our school’s ethos and values as well as planning, policies and our daily practices.  The pupils and staff have fully embraced the efforts that have gone towards achieving this award and it is wonderful to see the impact that putting the children’s rights at the heart of our school has had.  Our work with Unicef continues to provide us with a strong platform from which to grow and we are very excited about our onward journey to achieving Gold.”

Paul Harris, Unicef UK RRSA Professional Adviser (South East England), said “Congratulations to everyone at Fernhurst Primary School on achieving the Unicef UK's Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award.  This is in recognition of the school's commitment to putting the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its everyday practice for its pupils.  We wish the school continued success with its RRSA journey in helping pupils learn about their rights and the rights of all children & young people around the world, including the UK.  This will also prepare Fernhurst pupils well in becoming informed and active citizens of the next generation to the benefit of their local community and the wider world.”