St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Rights Respecting School Award

St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School is very proud to be working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.

Here at St. Ambrose Barlow, we have achieved the 'Recognition of Commitment (ROC)' Award. This is the first stage of a Rights Respecting School and we achieved this by showing our commitment and our intentions of becoming a Rights Respecting School. Since then, we have been working extremely hard to ensure we have built a 'rights respecting environment.’

We have been promoting the values and principles of the 'United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child' and using it to underpin our vision for school improvement. We have been developing this approach to build upon our values-based learning, continue positive cultural development and create an even better atmosphere where everyone in the school is respectful of each other.

A Rights Respecting School is a learning community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Over the forthcoming months, children and our school will learn further about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. The award is not just about what children do but also importantly what adults do – in Rights Respecting Schools, children's rights are promoted with adults and children working together.

Our Playground Charter
Our Lunchtime Charter

Changes since partaking in the award:

  • Our class and phase assemblies now relate to the articles in the CRC.
  • The displays in our school show articles from the CRC.
  • Each class has developed its own class charter based on the CRC.
  • We have held Rights and Responsibility focus weeks.
  • The school has a 'half termly right' which is displayed and linked to our half termly value and virtue.

St. Ambrose Barlow's UNICEF steering group meet regularly with Mrs Kavanagh, to discuss how we can promote children's rights and ensure that children become confident, respectful and responsible citizens, who have good knowledge about the wider world.

The Rights Respecting steering group is the voice of our children! Additionally, they help organise a number of themed weeks to help children develop a better understanding of children's rights all around the world.