Rights Respecting GOLD

Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School Award

Heriot’s has been awarded the Rights Respecting School Award at Gold level, following a re-accreditation.

Heriot’s starting working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award in 2012 and became the first independent school in the UK to win the Gold level of the Award in 2015.  In May 2021, the school has been reaccredited with Gold for the third time and the Rights Respecting Schools Group – led by pupils – continues to be active in promoting children’s rights, both in school and as part of wider initiatives.

The RRSA assessors report identified pupils’ extensive awareness of the UNCRC, pupil voice, staff training and the whole school focus on equality and diversity throughout the curriculum.

Children’s rights are embedded across the school’s policy, practice and ethos. Pupil voice remains strong at Heriot’s, with pupils able to join a wide range of participation an action group, such as RRSA, Amnesty, Eco, EARTH, Young Carers and the FemSoc groups.

Mrs Fanklin, Principal, explained that as a long-established Gold rights respecting school, “Everything we do is linked to rights. It is always brought back to our vision and values. It always features in our School Improvement Plans and links through all school initiatives…such as our MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) work, our Diversity and Equality work…it’s never left resting. Sustainability is key. Any staff joining us receive training and support. Rights are in everything, from lessons, to assemblies, to conversations… it’s integral…it’s just who we are.”

Well done to the Junior and Senior School teams, and the pupils and staff who help to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion amongst the Heriot’s community.