Rights Respecting Schools

Achievement, progress, challenge, inspiration and enjoyment are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to providing children with the very best education to ensure that each child reaches their maximum potential and develops a lasting love of learning and sense of curiosity in the world around them.

We know that children who feel respected and proud of themselves will learn best. Both achievement and perseverance are celebrated and recognised.

We aim to deliver excellent education by providing a stimulating, rich and relevant curriculum which balances the rigorous teaching of core skills and knowledge with creative and imaginative opportunities.

We believe in our role in shaping future communities and aim to ensure our children leave here as happy, successful individuals – sociable, thoughtful, confident, and equipped with the skills they need to do the best they can in their immediate environment and the wider world.

Our expectations of the children and the adults within the school are high. We will foster a welcoming, safe, disciplined environment where all children, families and all other members of our school community are treated with tolerance, kindness and respect.

Highfields is working towards our Bronze Rights Respecting Schools Award. This means we place the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything we do and it will be evident within the school community.

As a school we will promote children’s rights and empower them to become global  citizens. The UNCRC recognises that all children around the world are entitled to these rights.

As a school we have chosen to  particularly focus on the following rights:

  • Article 2: All children are entitled to the rights set out in the convention.
  • Article 3: In all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.
  • Article 14: A child has the right to freedom of thought.
  • Article 23: A child with a disability has the right to enjoy a full and decent life.
  • Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.
  • Article 29: Every child has the right to develop their personality, talents, mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential.
  • Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family.
  • Article 31: Every child has the right to rest and leisure, engage in play and recreational activities and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.