Rights Respecting

UNCRC – Rights Respecting Schools 

At JCG we endeavour to respect the rights of each other and everyone in our community. We gained our Silver Rights Respecting Award in 2019. This is an award that recognises the input that our students have in our school and decision making processes, as well as showing that the convention is at the heart of the ethos we have here at College. 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child includes 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life until the age of 18 and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to which children everywhere are entitled. The convention was established to promote communication between governments, adults and children to ensure the best outcome for all.

School Charter 

We have set up our student steering group and created our whole college charter based around the following six articles: 

Article 12 – Respect the views of the child. 
This means we as students need to listen, ask questions, and participate in student voice, putting our ideas forward to our form reps.

Article 16 – The right to privacy. 
As students, we need to respect our friends’ privacy and ensure that other people respect ours. This includes being safe and aware of privacy online and the impact of being part of online communities. Teachers will support us by listening to our concerns and carefully explaining how they keep us safe.

Article 23 – Children with a disability living a full and decent life. 
We will endeavour to understand and be aware of children with disabilities and disorders in our community.  This also includes, making sure there are equal opportunities for all people. For example, everyone having access to the same activities.

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. 
This means that, as students, we not only need to make sure we are living a healthy lifestyle but are also caring for our school and respecting the campus. We need to be more eco aware and reduce, reuse, recycle! The first step is for us to try to cut down our use of plastic and to recycle our paper.

Article 29 – The right to have goals in education. 
Through this we, as students, need to make sure that we are engaging in our learning and trying our best so we can all celebrate our achievements no matter how different or small. Article 31 – the right to relax and play. Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.