Willoughby School pupils are ‘models of respect’

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Staff at a special school are celebrating after being given an award for respecting people’s rights.

Unicef granted the Willougby School in Bourne its Rights Respecting School Award. Headteacher Adam Booker said: “The Unicef award is recognition for the staff, parents and pupils in the way in which they live, work and support each other.

“Everyone near and far is valued and the culture of our school is one of support and looking out for each other – as well as those people across the world we can assist where possible.

“Our school is a place where rights are given and rights are respected – in everyone, all of the time. It is times like these that make me so very proud of being part of such a great team.”

Unicef inspector Sara Gregory visited the school and said: “The strong ethos of respect and respect for children’s rights was particularly noticeable, along with the importance that the school places on Articles 12 and 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

“All adults and pupils met during the visit modelled rights respecting behaviour and language.”

The inspector said the convention and the aims of the award were linked into the school development plan. She added: “All adults in the school ensured all pupils were empowered to be actively involved in school life and also ensured they had the opportunity to communicate their views using various different communication methods available to them.”