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St John’s RC Academy receives prestigious Unicef UK Gold Award

Nursery, primary and secondary pupils and staff from St John's Academy celebrate their second Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award

St John’s RC Academy school in Perth has been awarded Gold by Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School programme for a second time.  St John’s Academy became the first all-through school in the UK to receive the award in 2014. You can read the full report here.

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. Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 400 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received Gold.

Headteacher of St John’s Academy, Seán Hagney, said: “We are delighted to renew our Gold Status as a Rights Respecting School, and this award from Unicef UK, underlines our focus on promoting the rights of children and young people.  As a school community, understanding our inalienable rights helps us to better understand our role in our world as active, global citizens, and how we can make a positive difference to one another’s lives.  I want to thank the pupils from across our nursery, primary and secondary, their parents and our staff who have contributed to achieving this prestigious award.” 

About the Award

The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice.  A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early years setting. This year the programme has received additional support from The People’s Postcode Lottery. This vital funding is helping Unicef UK continue its work with over 4500 primary schools, secondary schools, schools for children and young people with special educational needs and pupil referral units across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Schools have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.