Rights Respecting School

The Castle School, Newbury: We are a Rights Respecting School!

The Rights Respecting Schools Award

  • The Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award improves the lives of children in the UK by taking a whole school approach to putting children’s rights at the heart of school policy and practice
  • Children and young people are empowered to make informed decisions and to grow into confident, active, global, responsible citizens

The RRSA is based on principles of:

  • Equality
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Non-discrimination
  • Participation

Rights are …

  • UNIVERSAL - for all children, everywhere, all of the time
  • INHERENT – people have rights simply by nature of being human. Rights are there at birth.
  • INALIENABLE – they cannot be taken away.
  • UNCONDITIONAL – rights do not have to be earned. They are not a reward and not dependent on a responsibility.
  • INDIVISIBLE – all rights are connected and equally important.


At the end of last year, we achieved the Bronze award. We plan to get to Silver by the end of this year. We belive children's rights should be embedded in our everyday practise. As a result, we thread this approach through all our curriculum pathways as well as dicussing, celebrating and promoting pupil rights discretely.

Here are some of our class charters:

 Class charter.jpg   Beech class charter.jpg  Jasmine 1.JPG  Lavender.jpg  Pine 2022.JPG  

We have also explored our rights and promoted specific articles through special celebration days in school i.e. Harvest Festival, Internet Safety Day, International Women's Day and LGBTQ+ History month. To see what we got up to or find out more about our RRS journey search #RightsRespectingSchool or #UNCRC on our Twitter page: @LancasterianS or take a look at our FaceBook page.

If you want to find out more about Rights Respecting Schools, check out these links:

A welcome: https://youtu.be/QBGA3FmoUJ0

What are the Rights of the Child? https://youtu.be/COjVj9czgrY

Talking about being Rights Respecting at School: https://youtu.be/1DOPyjKSUxo

'We've all got Rights' song: https://youtu.be/LN_70HXxd5Y