On Friday 1st May 2015, Test Valley School were accredited with the Level One Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF. The School has been working towards the award since 2013. Each year a number of pupils form a Pupil Rights Committee to promote pupils’ rights across the school and at the start of each year every member of the school community sign the Whole School Charter which puts ‘Rights’ at the centre of everything we do.
The accreditation involved two assessors from UNICEF visiting the school to decide whether we met the criteria for commendation. During their visit they met with a large number of pupils to evaluate how pupils felt about the school and their understanding of ‘Rights’. They also met with parents, school governors and staff.
In their report UNICEF workers stated that:
“It was particularly notable that the school has established an ethos of mutual respect with a strong sense of community and care in which everybody is valued equally.”
The report also commented on the ‘listening atmosphere’ of the school and how Rights have been built in to the school’s vision. Achieving the award is the result of the combined commitment and effort of staff, pupils, parents and governors and actively demonstrates the strong sense of community we value at our school.
Louisa Hiscock (Headteacher) said:
‘We are delighted to have achieved this award. It underlines so many of the values we hold up as important, particularly how we come together as a community. I congratulate all of those involved in working towards this achievement, especially Mrs Osborne (Head of RE and PSHE) whose commitment and leadership to secure accreditation has been superb.’