Merton Park Primary School

Rights Respecting School

What does it mean?

On the 20th November 1989, the world made a set of promises for every child on earth.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international statement of all of those promises.

UNICEF protects and promotes those rights.

The rights are there to ensure that governments take responsibility for making sure that every child is healthy, educated, treated fairly and listened to and that all children are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation.

In 2022, Merton Park Primary School was delighted to receive the UNICEF UK Gold Award. We have a steering group made up of children, parents, governors and staff and we meet regularly to discuss how the rights can be fully embedded in everyday life at school.

The award is not just about what children do but also what adults to.  In a Rights Respecting School children's rights are promoted and realised, with adults and children working towards this goal together. 

What are the rights?

Some of the rights that apply to the children's lives in school are:

  • I have the right to an education (article 28).
  • I have the right to relax and play (article 31).
  • I have the right to clean water (article 24).
  • I have the right to nutritious food (article 24).
  • I have the right to privacy (article 16).
  • I have the right to say what I think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect me (article 12). 

Please get in touch with the school if you are interested in knowing more about the scheme. 

Click on the logo to find out more from the Rights Respecting School website.


The Rights Respecting Schools Award | UNICEF UK