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What is a Rights Respecting School?

A Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) puts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its 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 teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Sacred Heart was awarded the GOLD RRS Award in February 2019.

The pupils learn about children’s rights during lessons, collective worship, assemblies, focus weeks and special days.

Each month we focus on a key article.


The UNCRC stands for United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UNCRC is an International Agreement that protects the human rights of children.

All children have the same rights. All rights are interconnected and of equal importance. The Convention stresses these principles and the importance of children respecting the rights of others, especially their parents. 

UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided in doing this by the provisions and principles of the principles of the UNCRC.

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UNICEF and our school community

At Sacred Heart School we strive to create a climate where Christian values are taught and experienced, the Rights of the Child are respected and the goals of a Sacred Heart education are met. These are the foundations on which all else is based.

In our last Ofsted Report, the inspector commented,

‘Pupils’ behaviour, seen both inside and outside school, was impeccable and they are respectful and considerate of others. For example, they use their knowledge of the United Nations Convention of Rights for the Child to discuss concepts of fairness and democracy with confidence. At the same time, pupils enjoy learning about other faiths, including those practised by their peers. Visits to local places of worship are used to enhance pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Parents and carers spoke positively about how the school promoted pupils’ respect for different viewpoints and faiths.’

We see the partnership that exists between school, parents and pupils as being central to each child’s development and their spiritual growth.

We have attempted to present our expectations by using the language of the UNCRC and our home-school agreement seeks to clarify expectations for all of us.

It is only when we work together that each child will reach their potential.