Renfrewshire Council

UNICEF Gold - Arkleston Primary

Arkleston School wins UNICEF Gold

Arkleston Primary School in Renfrew is the first school in Renfrewshire to be honoured with the highest accolade of Gold from UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting School programme.

The Rights Respecting award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children's rights and encouraging everyone to respect the rights of others in school.

More than 4,500 schools across the country are currently working through the three levels of the award: Bronze (Rights Committed), Silver (Rights Aware) and Gold (Rights Respecting).

Following a visit to Arkleston Primary School, the report from UNICEF assessors stated: "It was clear that everyone (in the school) placed a real importance on respect for rights and promoting the 'Rights Respecting' ethos within the school and out into the wider community. 

"Pupils were overwhelmingly positive about their involvement in decision-making within the school, and about the value of their voice."

The award was presented to Arkleston Primary School by Renfrewshire Council's Education and Children's Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson.

Councillor Paterson said: "To be recognised by the world's leading organisation working for children and their rights is a tremendous honour for the school.

"Programmes such as UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools cannot be underestimated for the positive impact they have on pupils' self-esteem and confidence.

"Well done to Arkleston on being Renfrewshire's first Gold winner, and I hope other schools across the area are inspired to take part in such a worthwhile programme."

Head teacher, Carolyn Crawford said: "The whole school is extremely proud and honoured to receive the Gold award.

"Relationships in our school are based on mutual respect and support, which creates a safe and inspiring environment for our pupils to learn in.

"Being awarded Gold validates the ethos and climate of the school, while also providing us with a platform for continuous improvement, ensuring every child has the opportunity to shine.

"The award is a reflection of the hard work and efforts of our school community - under the direction of Principal Teacher Mrs Sanderson and the Rights Ambassadors - in ensuring that children's rights are at the core of what we do and what we hope to achieve as a school."

Arkleston Primary School has been involved with UNICEF UK since 2013 and now joins around 400 schools across the UK that have received the Gold accolade.

The awards were previously known as Level 1 and Level 2 but changed in January 2018 to Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Published on 15 March 2018