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.

Steering Group 2019/20.

Each class has a Rights Respecting Representative and they form part of the Steering Group. Included in our team are some committed parent/governor representatives, Mrs Cunnane and Mrs Finnegan, to help the children raise awareness of local and global issues the children should get involved in knowing, understanding and helping. The Steering Group is headed by Mrs Kavanagh.

The Steering Group hold regular meetings to discuss our progress and decide on what to do next. They work with our rights governor and all members of staff.

Most recently, the Steering Group has worked hard to link Article 24, Global Goals 12, 13 and 15 to our daily lives by:

  • Looking after our environment by clearing vegetable patches in our school prayer garden.
  • Litter picking along the Shirley Road and surrounding local area.
  • Designing posters reminding our community to recycle paper whenever possible.
  • Lead whole school assemblies based on specific articles from the convention.
  • Complete display evaluations around our school, ensuring that the UNICEF convention and global goals are widely publicised throughout our school community.

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.


Steering Group Update - Gardening

September 2019

Fulfilling A. 24 of the convention (Children have the right to good quality health care, to clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment, so that they will stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this) and Global Goals 13 and 15, the Steering Group spent their lunchtime weeding and tidying our Prayer Garden.

Our vegetable patches will soon be looking fresh!