The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights, and gold is the highest accolade given, showing a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.
In January this year, Castor Church of England Primary School became the only Peterborough school to have achieved this award.
All the work for this award was led by teacher Laura Green and the UNICEF ambassadors (a group of children who feel passionately about this) with support from the local community, school governors and St Kyneburgha's Church.
The school has donated to the local food bank, written to MPs about refugees, and litter picked in the area as well as gaining climate change Blue Peter badges.
The aim has been for the children to understand their rights as a child and have awareness of others who are not able to access these themselves.
The school has also recently partnered with a school in Kenya where the children will gain an understanding of how fortunate they are to be at a school in our country and how they can help those children at the school in Kenya where they are not so fortunate.
A school representative said: “Even though we have achieved Gold status the work continues for us locally, and more globally, as we continue to support UNICEF and ensure children's voice is represented loudly with our school.”