Rights Respecting School

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LPGS shares the rights respecting values promoted by UNICEF and we are to delighted to announce that we have been awarded a national ‘Recognition of Achievement’ (ROC) and are now aiming towards a Level 1 award this year.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All young people up to the age of 18 are protected by this convention. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

In common with a growing number of schools nationally and locally, we have committed to building a sustainable ‘rights respecting environment’. The school has been recognised by UNICEF as effectively promoting the values and principles of the ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and that we are using this to underpin our vision for school development.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between adults and students, between adults and between students. We encourage all members of our school community to be aware of human rights and their responsibilities towards others. Above all else the best interests of our students are a top priority in all our actions.

It is our aim to unlock potential through student empowerment. We strongly believe that as a rights respecting school, we will develop students’ sense of self locally, nationally and globally.  Our aim is to empower girls and young people to transform both their own lives and those of others.

We are developing this approach to build upon our values-based learning, and to continue developing our implementation of equal opportunities. We are working towards an even more harmonious and open atmosphere where everyone involved in the school will be respectful of each other and understand the responsibilities they have to one another and themselves.
Langley Park School for Girls students have identified Rights and Values that help us to work and learn together as a respectful community, these include:

• the right to express myself
• the right to be heard and valued
• the right to learn in a safe environment

We also have school values which we promote through all teaching, policies, practice and ethos. Our core beliefs are:

• Respect for the individual
• Equality of opportunity
• Pursuit of excellence
• Contribution to the community.

If you would like to join the Rights Respecting Steering Group or find out more about the Rights Respecting Schools Award please contact Ms Dehal, Assistant Headteacher with overall responsibility for the RRSA.

To access information about the RRSA go to: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

To see a summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, click here