UNICEF Level 2 Award

The Southwater Infant Academy in Southwater to receive



The Southwater Infant Academy in Southwater is 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 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”

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.  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.”


The Rights Respecting Schools initiative now involves over 3,300 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.

For further information about The Southwater Infant Academy, please contact:

Mrs Sue Winn at The Southwater Infant Academy, Worthing Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9JH  01403 733254  www.southwaterinfantacademy.co.uk  office@southwaterinfants.co.uk

For further details about UNICEF UK and RRSA, please contact:

Joe English, UNICEF UK Press Office +44 (0)20 7375 6091 Joee@unicef.org.uk

About the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award

A school that achieves the Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) Level 2 Award has fully embedded the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into its ethos, culture and curriculum. The Award is valid for three years.

To achieve Level 2 status, schools must meet four standards:

Standard A: Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management

Standard B: The whole school community learns about the CRC

Standard C: The school has a rights-respecting ethos

Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners

Level 1 of the UNICEF UK RRS Award examines the leadership and management of a school and how it incorporates the values of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the whole ethos of the school and its curriculum. It examines teaching and learning in classrooms, whether pupils are encouraged to participate in decision-making processes at the school and how the school helps pupils develop as global citizens. The school self-evaluates progress and when they believe they have met the standards an external assessment takes place and where the standards have been met a certificate is awarded. (Achieving Level 1 takes between 12 to 18 months).

About The Southwater Infant Academy

The Southwater Infant Academy has 294 children on roll between the ages of 4 and 7 years.  The academy is located in the village of Southwater near Horsham in West Sussex.  We are an innovative and creative in our approach and the quality of children's learning and their progress are considered to be the main focus in everything we do.

We have created a welcoming, caring community within a stimulating environment where respect for others and personal responsibility is nutured. Within our academy, every child and adult is valued and we actively encourage social and moral awareness, self discipline and a striving for doing one's best in all areas - academic and social.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk