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Rights Respecting School

St Mary’s Primary School is committed in being a Rights Respecting school. We currently working  towards our BRONZE Rights Respecting School Award and are currently working towards our SILVER award. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive.
What is the UNCRC?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.
"A better life for every child. Help keep the promise!”

The UNCRC consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children.

Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights. These include the right to:

  • Life, survival and development

  • Protection from violence, abuse or neglect

  • An education that enables children to fulfil their potential

  • Be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents

  • Express their opinions and be listened to.

Some of the Articles of UNCRC:

Article 12: Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

Article 13: Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive information of any kind, as long as it is within the law.

Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free.  Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Further information and links 

For further information on the CRC and the work carried out by UNICEF you can visit:

The Rights Respecting Schools Award | UNICEF UK

Children's rights in Wales | GOV.WALES

UNCRC - Children’s Commissioner for Wales (

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