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Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are delighted to announce that Peartree Spring has been awarded the Gold Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.
Gold Rights Respecting is the highest stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award. It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the four RRSA Strands. There are over 350 schoolsacross England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have been awarded a Gold Award, 4 of which are in Hertfordshire, none in Stevenage - until we achieved our accreditation.

The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum. A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children's rights, it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults.

At Peartree Spring Primary School every aspect of a child is focused on the area of well-being.  The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, our pupils also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.

 Peartree Spring School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds. In preparation for the recognition of level 1 and in consultation with pupils and staff at all levels, class charters have been developed, which outline expectations in the classroom. RRSA links with our School Values and the work we do promoting Global Citizenship and Equal Opportunities and supports our Healthy School, Eco School and International School accreditations.

We have a Rights Respecting School Steering Group. Their role is to make sure that every child within our school feels as though they have a ‘voice’ and that they are listened to and treated fairly. Alongside the school Council and Eco Council they ensure that they represent the ideas and opinions of the school.

At Peartree Spring Primary School, we are working towards achieving Level 2.  To do this, we need to show evidence that we have reached the required standard in the following four categories, all of which contain elements contributing to the development of an active global citizen:

  • leadership and management for embedding the values of the CRC in the life of the school.
  • knowledge and understanding of the CRC.
  • rights respecting classrooms.
  • pupils actively participate in decision-making throughout the school.
Our steering group

Each class elects a Rights Respecting Representative who joins the Steering Group.

The Steering Group is headed by Mrs Stanley.

Year 1 – Myla and Leandra

Year 2 – Ashton, Megan and Reegan

Year 3 – Jack, Sophie and Lea

Year 4 - Tia-May and Rachel

Year 5 – Oakley and Alessio

Year 6 – Madison, Jake and Ryan

Article of the month

Articles of the month so far this year



career day dress up

We had an incredible amount of ambition on show today at our annual career day dress up event. It was wonderful to hear the children talking so passionately about their dreams and goals for their futures.



save the children

We raised a fantastic £429 with our Winter Jumper Day on Friday 14th December.

Thank you all for your support for Save the Children.

Poppy Appeal

As part of our Remembrance work, we sold poppies on the KS1 and the KS2 playground each break time in the run up to our Remembrance service on Friday 9th November.

We raised a huge £523.99 for the Royal British Legion. 

Thank you for all your support.