Ormiston South Parade Academy receives prestigious Unicef UK Gold Award

Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) has been awarded a Gold Award by Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School Programme.

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Unicef, the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights, grants the Rights Respecting Schools Award to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

With Gold as the highest accolade, it shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. Whilst there are 473 schools across England, Northern Ireland and Wales that have achieved Gold, the academy is the first school in North East Lincolnshire to receive the accolade.

The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice – in becoming a Rights Respecting School, OSPA have been judged as a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practices, respected and protected. The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative is currently aimed at schools across the UK, including those in an early-years setting.

This year, the programme has received additional support from The People’s Postcode Lottery, with vital funding to help Unicef UK continue its work with over 4,500 schools and pupil referral units across the UK.

Schools, including OSPA, have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being through the programme’s enhancement of pupils’ self-esteem, better learning habits and improved academic standards.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA, said:

"I am absolutely delighted that OSPA’s hard work and dedication to creating a ‘rights’ embedded school community has been formally recognised with the Gold Award.

"Pupils, staff and families have shown an outstanding commitment to placing children’s rights at the heart of the school’s policies, practice and ethos. This has had a positive impact on the school community, with pupils gaining a thorough understanding of rights and rights-respecting attitudes and learning.

"It has also impacted positively on their learning and well-being, as well as engaging family and friends beyond the school. I am immensely proud of this achievement and know that OSPA will continue its work to champion social justice, fairness and children’s rights locally, nationally and globally."

Frances Bestley, Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, said:

"We are very pleased that Ormiston South Parade has received ‘Gold: Rights Respecting’, the highest level of accreditation granted by the Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award.

"It is clear that the whole school has embraced a culture based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. OSPA is a very inclusive school where children report feeling valued and safe irrespective of their background. Pupils also have many genuine opportunities to have their views heard and influence key aspects of school life, in turn creating a positive learning environment.

"It was also clear that children had an excellent grasp of children’s rights and social justice, and so did school staff, parents, carers and the school’s governors. Everyone should be very proud of their achievement."