Rights Respecting Schools

 We are a Rights Respecting School

Rights for all
Respect for all
Responsibility for all

- in our academy
- across our academy
- around our World




We have achieved our UNICEF Rights Respecting School L2 Award.  This demonstrates that we put the rights of the child at the of our ethos and learning at The Southwater Infant Academy.  In addition we are committed to the rights of the child locally and internationally across the whole academy community.

Through Exploring the World activities and PSHE, children are invited to explore and challenge their own and others rights within the classroom and the wider world.    To develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of rights, respect and responsibilities we look at 10 key areas that underpin our rights and responsibilities as individuals. These are:

  • The right to be protected and the importance of learning not to bully or harm each other.
  • The right to have a clean environment and understanding how to look after and care for it.
  • The right to be educated and learning how to learn from each other.
  • The right to freedom of thought and religion and learning how we respect others’ thoughts and religions.
  • The right to be heard and the importance of listening to others.
  • The right to proper medical care for everybody.
  • The right to be loved and respected by learning how to show others love and respect.
  • The right to special care for our needs and being the best we can be.
  • The right to make mistakes and to learn from them.
  • The right to be adequately fed and learn not to waste food.
  • The right to relax, play and join in a variety of different activities making sure  that everyone is included.

Our Rights group meet regularly to discuss their learning about rights within the academy and the wider world.  Our Rights group consists of children, staff, parents and governors.            

Triple R Targets for The Southwater Infant Academy

Target Proposed Action

To keep rights at the heart of everything we do.


To maintain and develop an ethos and culture that recognises the value and significance of the rights of the child.

To constantly seek opportunities for children to learn about their rights and the rights of others.

To recognise, understand and promote initiatives to enable children to feel empowered to support the rights of others.

(Article 29)
To develop a greater understanding of cultural diversity within our local area, the UK and wider world.

Develop local community links and through E-Twinning with a variety of schools within the UK and Europe we will engage in many projects to celebrate cultural diversity.
To maintain the L2 RRSA status ensuring The Southwater Infant Academy promotes the rights of the child in our academy, our community and our World.  Ensure systems and processes continue to be in place embedding the core principles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and to enable other organisations appreciate the rights of the child.

If you would like to receive more information or are interested in taking part in our Rights Respecting Group please contact:

Mrs J Evans  Email: office@southwaterinfants.co.uk

UNICEF’s Convention

A convention is an agreement between countries to obey the same law. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland agreed to obey (ratified) the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 16 December, 1991.

UNICEF’s 54 articles aim to:

‘Protect children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential

Item in The West Sussex County Times

The Southwater Infant Academy in Southwater has been 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 children’s rights and encouraging children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Level 2 Award is the highest given by UNICEF UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 200 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award.

Sue Winn, Headteacher of Southwater Infant Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to achieve the UNICEF Level 2 Award.  This award reflects the work we all do to ensure children know and understand their rights and the rights of others around the world.  Rights are embedded within our creative, skills based curriculum where there is a strong emphasis on respect, social justice and global citizenship.  Here at The Southwater Infant Academy we all appreciate the importance of children understanding their role as citizens within Britain and the World in the 21st Century.  We are proud of the enthusiasm and positive attitudes that our children have demonstrated towards Rights, Respecting Schools”

UNICEF UK RRSA Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: “The academy very much impressed us with how pupils and staff have fully embraced the rights-respecting ethos. We’ve seen how children at Southwater Infant Academy understand children’s rights, show respect for each other and participate fully in school life. There is a real inclusive and nurturing ethos in the academy, and children’s engagement in social justice and global citizenship activities is underpinned by children’s rights. Southwater Infant Academy has fully embraced the Convention on the Rights of the Child and we are honoured to accredit the academy with UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School Award Level 2.”