Bradstow School has achieved the UNICEF Gold level Rights Respecting School Award





Bradstow School has been successful in achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award: Rights Respecting, the highest stage of the Award granted by Unicef UK.

Schools involved in the Rights Respecting Schools Award work towards the recognition that they have embedded children and young people’s rights in their school’s practice and ethos; putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.


The assessor made the following comments as part of their report:

 The assessor would like to thank the children and young people, the leadership team, staff and parent governor for their warm welcome to the school, for the opportunity to speak with adults and pupils during the assessment, and for the detailed evidence provided to support the process. Prior to the assessment visit, the school provided a comprehensive ‘gold evaluation’ form.

Particular strengths of the school are:

  • a highly supportive and inclusive ethos underpinned by the principles of ‘Gentle Teaching’ and a dedicated staff where the ‘best interests of the child’ is centre place
  • a strategic commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which is also reflected in everyday practice with children and young people’s rights being actively promoted
  • pupil’s views are listened to and taken seriously


Following the assessment Bradstow School will continue with the initiatives in place to teach about rights, through rights and for rights. This includes celebrating an article of the term, linking rights to teaching and achievements, teaching rights in lessons, having class meetings and community council meetings, publishing the Bradstow Voice school newsletter and also taking part in the yearly OUTRIGHT action week where children and young people campaign for change related to one of the rights. This year Bradstow School are campaigning for every child to have the best possible health and in particular healthy air. Children this term have been learning about air pollution and its causes and writing postcards to the secretary of state for the environment as well as having their work on display around the school.

Articles from the convention are being linked to the School Improvement Plan to align RRSA with the schools strategy and gentle teaching and the vision statement.

Lois Gunn, RSSA Co-ordinator said:

“We aim to connect our outreach and community activities to the articles to continue to spread the message about children’s rights to as many other communities as possible.”

Sarah Dunn, Headteacher, described how the Convention fitted so beautifully into the culture of [the] school” which is centred around ‘Gentle Teaching’ which is a ‘unique relational approach centred on building safe, loving and engaged relationships’.

Thanks to the Bradstow School for this article, well done for achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award: Rights Respecting, which is the highest stage of the Award granted by Unicef UK!

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