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School joins gold elite with award

A GLOBAL organisation has awarded a Bognor Regis school its golden standard.


Unicef has made The Regis School one of just 12 secondary schools in England to hold its rights respecting award at the highest level.


Mike Garlick, the school’s principal, said: “I am delighted that our continued work as a rights respecting school has been recognised at the highest, gold, level.


“We are committed to providing a holistic education that puts the interests and rights of our children at the centre of all we do, ensuring that they understand and demonstrate their roles as global citizens, engage in social actions and value their rights against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”


The school, in Westloats Lane, has been working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef UK) for the past seven years.


It has received the various levels of the rights respecting school awards for its work in promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.


Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK to schools and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.


There are more than 400 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received gold.


The award recognises The Regis School’s achievement in putting the UN convention at the heart of its planning, policies and practice.


Unicef UK rights respecting schools programme director Frances Bestley said: “We are very pleased to be awarding a gold Unicef UK rights respecting schools award to The Regis School.


“Everyone at The Regis School should be proud of how they have truly put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school.


“It is clear that everyone at the school – staff, students, governors and parents – continue to be deeply committed to fully embedding children’s rights in the school’s ethos and culture.


“During the accreditation visit, it was evident that students are listened to and their views are taken very seriously.


“They all feel included and respected and a very wide range of opportunities are provided for students to take action for their own rights and those of others locally and globally.


“I was particularly impressed by the very strong relationships between students and staff.”


The Unicef UK rights respecting schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting.


Schools which take part report a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and wellbeing because the work towards the status is shown to enhance pupils’ self-esteem, leading to less bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.

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