Our Rights and Responsibilities
Smithy Street Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK. Smithy Street’s pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.
Article 12 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child states that children 'have the right to give their opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.' Our Article 12 Ambassadors (previously named the School Council) have been elected and have decided on 4 areas of focus to improve our school. In response to this, we will be forming 4 Change Ambassador groups next term: Playground Ambassadors; Global Ambassadors; Health Ambassadors and Reading Ambassadors, where children have the opportunity to become an Ambassador and be part of improving our school in those specific areas. We are very excited to be going on this journey and we really hope that you will be able to support our school in becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. Look out for further updates on our website and in our newsletter. Here we will be showcasing some of the amazing work our Article 12 Ambassadors and our Rights Respecting Change Ambassadors have been doing! For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.