UNICEF - Rights Respecting School

July 2016

Sherdley Primary registered to begin the journey to become a Rights Respecting School.

June 2017

We are very pleased to tell you that we have been awarded the first stage of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) called the Recognition of Commitment - Bronze Award. We are always striving to create the best possible learning environment for our children and this achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. We have set up a steering group and have an action plan to ensure that:

  • the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making in school

  • the whole school learns about the CRC and respects the rights of others

  • children are empowered to become active learners and active local and global citizens.

Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights and we will be joining a community of over 4,000 schools in the UK working on the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Right Respecting Schools across the country have reported that that the Award has many positive impacts including improved relationships, well-being and self-esteem, leading to better attendance and improved learning.

You can find out more about Unicef, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Rights Respecting Schools Award from the RRSA website www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

In the future we will be using the RRSA logo on our letters and will keep you informed about our rights-respecting journey through our website, newsletters and events.

Britishness Week April 2018

All classes across school took part in activities linked to the articles and the rights of the child. Each year group recorded their evidence in their Rights Respecting books. Activites included an early years talent show, a walking gallery in Yr 6 and KS1 talkin about how they deal with their feelings.

10th October 2018

This week saw the annual event of the council’s Democracy Debate Programme. Each year, children are invited to represent their schools and put forward a democratic debate on a set subject. This year’s topic was linked to children’s rights with the title ‘I’ve Got Rights’. 

Two children were picked to represent Sherdley Primary. During the day they had to complete presentations and debate their ideas to the council chamber in set teams. One of our children was in the winning team but both represented their school superbly and left a positive imprint of our school amongst the chamber.

Well done to Hollie and Patrick from Year 6 for being such fantastic ambassadors of your school and a big thank you to Mrs Lakey for taking the time to organise our children for the day.

Rights Respecting Team December 2018

Children across school applied to join the Rights Respecting Team. Miss Macdonald and Mrs Bridge chose the team and now hold meetings with the children each month. The children are playing a big part in moving towards achieving the silver award.

Global Citizen Day February 2019

The children of the Rights Respecting Team decided on each classes theme for the day. They chose to focus on Shelter, Water, Hunger, Education, Refugees and Child Labour. Each year group watched videos about the global issues and took part in drama activites as well as making posters and having discussions.

Rights Respecting Team March 2019

Members of the team were asked to design a badge for all members of the Rights Respecting Team (RRT) Miss Macdonald and Mrs Bridge chose La'El's badge as the winning design. All team members will be presented with their badge next week at our team meeting.

Rights Respecting Assembly 26th March 2019

A big thank you to Mrs Roberts, Ruby, Morgan, Brodie and Rhiannon from Lyme Primary School who led an assembly about the Rights Respecting School Award. They told us how they achieved Gold award in July and they met our Rights Respecting team.

April 2019

As a result of one of Rights Respecting Team meetings we decided to host an open evening for parents and family members to come and learn about our Rights Respecting Journey. We displayed posters highlighting the different articles and shared our red books with the visitors. We listened to the song "We've all got rights" and we handed our leaflets to educate parents on the rights of a child. Thank you to Mrs Bridge our Rights Respecting Governor and the member of the team who volunteered their time.

 6th June 2019

Soccer Aid- Yesterday all children took part in the playground challenge. Mr Birchall organised a football based obstacle course for all classes to take part in. Children wore their sports kits to school and brought in donations for Unicef to help children whose rights are not being upheld.

Well done to everyone for taking part!

In total we rasied £290 pounds!

July 2019

Last week we were visited by Fran the Rights Respecting school assessor. She met with Miss Macdonald, Mr McCoy, members of the Rights Respecting Team and other pupils and staff. At the end of the visit she awarded us the Silver status. Well done Sherdley we are a Rights Aware school. We will recieve our certificate and banner in September!

September 2019

Our banner has arrived and is displayed proudly at the front of school. Now that we have achieved our silver award we plan to celebrate and work towards achieving the Gold award in the future.

December 2019

The children in the Rights Respecting Team decided that we would plan a Winter jumper/hat day so that we could support Paddington's Parcel Appeal. We raised over £200 with our donations and sent parcels to children around the world who need help and support. With the money we sent Winter clothes, vaccinations, books and pencils. Thank you for your support!



Contact the School

Sherdley Primary School

Mill Lane
St Helens

Main Contact: Mrs M White/Mrs H Smith/Mr L Bathgate - Office Administrator / Mrs A Duncan - School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678683
Fax: 01744 678684

SEN Contact: Mrs K Bennett