Hampstead School in the London Borough of Camden is the first secondary school in London to be awarded a Level 2* Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. 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. The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 250 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award.
Headteacher of Hampstead School, Jacques Szemalikowski, said: “We are delighted to be the first secondary school in London to be awarded the RRSA at level 2, the highest possible recognition by Unicef UK. This accolade reflects the hard work of staff, our student leadership group elected to represent their peers, and students generally. At Hampstead School, we will always ensure that the impeccable behavior that we expect and witness is rooted in rights, underpinned by respect”.
The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: Children at Hampstead School understand and are strongly committed to children’s rights. They are listened to, participate fully in school life and have a strong understanding of the wider world. It is clear that the school’s rights-respecting work has created a positive and empowering learning environment for all and we are very pleased to be awarding them the UNICEF UK Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.”
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves over 3,700 primary and secondary schools in the UK who have reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupil’s self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.