25 June 2014

Students and staff at St Columba’s High, a school of over 500 pupils in Inverclyde, last week celebrated being the first secondary school in Scotland to achieve UNICEF UK’s prestigious Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.

The Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award is the highest accolade granted by UNICEF UK and it recognises a school’s deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are a total of 180 Level 2 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and St Columba’s is proud to be the first secondary school in Scotland to achieve the Level 2 Award.

Headteacher Jim Docherty said: "We are extremely proud of all the pupils and staff who have contributed to this spectacular achievement. The positive impact of becoming rights-respecting can be seen through many areas of the school, for example much more positive relationships and behaviour. Most of all, the students have improved self-confidence and better relationships with staff which together outlines our Curriculum for Excellence."

The Award recognises achievement in embedding the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into a school’s planning, policies and practice. UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director, Anita Tiessen, congratulated the school on achieving the Award: "It is great to see how St Columba’s High has truly put the UNCRC at the heart of their school and we are very pleased that they have become the first secondary school in Scotland to achieve the UNICEF UK Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award."

Read Inverclyde Council’s press release

St Columba's celebrates Level 2 Award © Inverclyde Council/2014
St Columba's Steering Group, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and Inverclyde Councillor Terry Loughran celebrate achieving the Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award © Inverclyde Council/2014