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Bury St Edmunds school celebrates prestigious UNICEF award




A school in Bury St Edmunds has become the first in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to earn a prestigious award.

The Gold Rights Respecting Schools status was granted to St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School after two inspectors from UNICEF assessed the school in February.

The inspectors said they were impressed by the children’s widespread knowledge of the UN charter of the rights of the child.

The school becomes the first in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to receive the award (32658906)
The school becomes the first in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to receive the award (32658906)

Paul Francis, who led the school’s Rights Respecting Schools work, said: “The children have become aware of the rights that every child in the world is entitled to and they have become advocates of the rights of children who are suffering from lack of access to their rights as a result of poverty and injustice.”

The school was commended for focusing on enabling children to flourish and for its pupils expressing a deep understanding of why views should be taken seriously.

Pupils’ recent activities at the school have included helping with air pollution by persuading parents not to leave cars idling and sending postcards to the Secretary of State for the Environment to ask about sustainability.

The children have also been learning about rights and responsibilities by holding a referendum on having school pets. The vote was in favour and three rabbits have now joined the school.

Headteacher Maria Kemble described feeling proud of the ‘huge accolade’ granted by UNICEF.

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