Rights Respecting Silver Award
The Sir John Colfox Academy has been awarded the UNICEF Silver Award for Rights Respecting Schools. The school first achieved recognition for being a Rights Respecting School in 2010 and this year staff and students set themselves the goal of achieving the Silver Award. Rights Respecting Ambassador Harry Brown from Year 8 said:
“At the start of the School year we thought the Silver Award was just a dream in a short space of time. However, after working very hard with an amazing leader it became possible.” The award recognises schools where Children’s rights are put at the heart of the ethos. The Silver is awarded to schools who have made a commitment to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, making the whole school ‘Rights Aware’.
School lead for the RRS programme is Religious Studies teacher, Rebecca Hatch. She has praised the Right Respecting Ambassadors at Colfox for their commitment and hard work throughout the year. ‘They have taken assemblies, staff meetings and have spoken at the Town Hall about rights and have helped Bridport become a Rights Respecting Town. Their passion for this cause is very exciting and it’s been a pleasure to work with them and help guide them’.
Tiggy Hussey, Year 10 said “As a Rights Respecting Ambassador I feel that achieving the Silver award has shown the dedication that we have put in not only as ambassadors, but as a school.”
A Rights Respecting School is a school where students’ rights are valued and their voices heard. Three criteria’s have to be met; teaching and learning about rights, teaching and learning through rights focusing on ethos and relationships and teaching and learning for rights including empowerment, participation and action. The Assessors from UNICEF were complimentary about the participation of students, their knowledge and the acceptance of each student as an individual.
Hannah Erasmus said “The Ambassadors at Colfox have worked hard and through our hard work we have achieved the Silver award, showing that our school is safe and inclusive place where we are aware of our rights and value the rights of others.”
Headteacher David Herbert commented: ‘It was lovely to welcome two very experienced assessors from UNICEF to our school for the day. I know they enjoyed meeting our children and hearing about our experience of RRS over the last ten years. I am especially pleased that the report recognises our student’s excellent contribution to the rights respecting community project with the town council. Our former mayor Anne Rickard deserves real credit for really getting this off the ground again.’
The Ambassadors are now looking at the feedback given on how the school can achieve the Gold Award in two years’ time