Horsham school wins Unicef award first for county

Pupils at a Horsham school have helped make it the first in West Sussex to achieve a top Unicef award for respect.

Tanbridge House school has been awarded a Level 2* Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.

 Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life.

There are more than 200 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award. Tanbridge House says it is the first secondary school in West Sussex to achieve the recognition.

 Tanbridge head Jules White said: “Tanbridge House is extremely proud to have been awarded the Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.

“The award encompasses the school ethos and is what we live and breathe here.  We put the rights of our students first in all aspects of school life and educational provision and this leads to a wonderful atmosphere and culture in our school. We are delighted that this has been formally recognised by Unicef UK.”

A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools programme director Frances Bestley said: “It is clear that everyone at the school – staff, students, governors and parents – is deeply committed to fully embedding children’s rights in the school’s ethos and culture.”

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