St Edward's Academy is proud to hold the following awards:
- British Council International School Award
- Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Silver Award
- Stonewall School Champion Bronze Award
- Youth Sport Trust Youth Sport Silver Award
British Council International School Award
To be accredited with the British Council International School Award, St Edward's Academy has demonstrated a commitment to include international work in our curriculum and to embed an international ethos in our school culture.
Unicef UK Rights Respecting School Silver Award
We are very proud to announce that as of May 2021 St Edward's Church of England Academy has now achieved the Silver Rights Respecting School Award.
The assessor's full report can be found via the link below, but these are the highlights:
“Pupils had a good awareness of rights and were able to share a wide range of articles that they knew they were entitled to. They understood that rights were from birth, were unconditional and for every child around the world. They were able to link global issues such as poverty, natural disasters, climate change and wars as reasons why some children may not be able to experience their rights. One pupil said, “It’s not fair that some children go without…we need to have every school teaching about rights so everyone knows them and can stand up for them.”
“Pupils are learning about rights through assemblies, class conversations and topic work, particularly through key curriculum areas such as RE, PSHE and English. It was clear that the school are committed to ensuring every child has a happy, safe, nurturing school experience. The Headteacher, staff and parent governor spoken with understood the role that RRSA had played in whole school improvement. The Headteacher said, “It links in with everything we do…our ethical framework and our values of respect. Relationships are strong…we work to find a way to support every child…it’s palpable, that fuzzy feeling you can’t quite measure…but you know it’s there. It’s showing care and compassion.”
“Relationships across the school are strong. The school places the inclusion of all pupils high on their agenda, as evidenced with their recent successful Stonewall Award for their diversity and inclusive curriculum while actively encouraging pupils to challenge stereotypes and negative behaviours.”
“Pupils' social and emotional wellbeing is a priority, and something the school have particularly focused on during the pandemic. Pupils recently engaged in Mental Health Awareness Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Online Safety Week and have been learning about healthy lifestyles and healthy choices. Pupils are active participants in their own learning and supported to track their progress.”
The Rights Respecting School Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting School Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy healthy lives and to be responsible active citizens.
The Rights Respecting School Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
As a Rights Respecting School, pupils at St Edward's Academy are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school. Pupils are involved in how we move towards gaining the Gold Award, as well as in strategic decision-making about their learning and in views about their wellbeing. A key focus is to ensure that pupils become active and involved in school life and the wider world. This builds their confidence to make informed decisions.
By becoming more familiar with the Articles of the Convention, pupils develop a moral framework based on equality and respect for all. Through role play, debates and conflict resolution, the rights and principles of the Convention are used to consider moral situations and rights-respecting solutions. Led by our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors and steering group, pupils and adults work together to take part in campaigns and activities that develop awareness of social justice to bring about change.
Article of the Week
As part of their Rights Respecting School programme, Unicef UK produces a regular resource 'Article of the Week' which centres on a specific Article from the Convention and features information to read, videos to watch and a range of activities to select from which parents/carers are invited to explore with their child.
'Article of the Week' activities and resources for pupils and parents/carers can be found in the pupil section of the Academy website:
Stonewall School Champion Bronze Award
Stonewall's School Champion Award benchmarks St Edward's Academy's policies, curriculum and ethos against the latest best practice. Stonewall's pioneering framework was developed by their expert Education and Youth Team.
Receiving a Stonewall School Champion Award shows that St Edward's Academy is leading the way in celebrating diversity and supporting LGBT young people.
Youth Sport Trust Youth Sport Silver Award
The Youth Sport Award puts health and wellbeing at the heart of developing young people to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. The Youth Sport Award is a reward and celebration scheme which helps young people to evidence their learning, progress and achievement in and through sport and physical activity. It also supports young people to demonstrate the impact their involvement in sport has had on their personal development including leadership skills, health and wellbeing, and wider life skills.
There are five different levels of the Youth Sport Award: Go, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. St Edward's Academy currently holds the Youth Sport Silver Award.