Renfrewshire Council

Gryffe becomes first high school in Renfrewshire to gain a gold Rights Respecting School

Gryffe has become the first secondary school in Renfrewshire to be award Gold by UNICEF UK's Rights Respecting School programme.

To get the award, schools must show commitment to promoting and realising children's rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

Schools across the UK have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and wellbeing from working towards UNICEF's rights respecting charter. It has been show to improve pupils' self esteem, which leads to less absences from school, bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.

Headteacher of Gryffe High School, Mr Colin Johnson, said, "We would like to thank all pupils, staff and the wider school community for their efforts and participation in creating a school environment that is wholly in line with the promotion of children's rights. It is great honour to receive this UNICEF accolade, but at the same time we know that even without such recognition, our efforts to ensure that all children are treated with respect and dignity is what is fundamentally important when promoting our values of caring, learning and achieving at Gryffe High School."

Earlier this year, Gryffe became the first high school in Scotland to be rated excellent by Education Scotland inspectors using the new short model. Learning, Teaching & Assessment was rate as 'Very Good' and Raising Attainment & Achievement as 'Excellent'. 

Well done to Gryffe pupils and staff for achieving both accolades.