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Rights Respecting School

We have started the journey of becoming a 'Rights Respecting School'.

This is a UNICEF UK initiative that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of school practice. It is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The goal of a Rights Respecting School is to embed children’s rights into their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.

The are a number of key rights within the Convention but you can see the 20 that we particularly focus on in school on the attached document.

The children have chosen 5 Golden Rights that describe the ethos we want to promote at St Vigor and St John and form the basis of our behaviour policies. Children are awarded Rights Respecting Rewards at school for upholding these Golden Rights. We celebrate them every week in school assemblies.


Our Golden Rights are...

We respect everyone’s right to be unique (article 8, 30)

W We respect everyone’s right to express their opinions and be listened to (article 12, 13)

We respect everyone’s right to learn (article 28, 29)

We respect everyone’s right to join in and to play (article 8, 30)

We respect everyone’s right to feel safe in body and mind (article 19)


Golden rights are for all children and adults in our school. Adults respect children’s rights and will always act in their best interest (article 3)


We will keep you up to date with our progress and how you can participate alongside your child. Have a look at some photographs on the News and Events tab from our Rights Focus Week when we launched this initiative at St Vigor and St John.

Rights of the Child - 20 important rights

  • St Vigor and St John Church School
  • Wells Road
  • Chilcompton
  • Radstock, BA3 4EX
  • Tel: 01761 233847
  • Email: school@svsj.bwmat.org