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Hayeswood First School

Values & Ethos

Rights Respecting Schools

Hayeswood has been awarded the Rights Respecting Schools Recognition of Commitment!

Hayeswood is proud to have been awarded the Unicef Rights Respecting School (RRSA) Recognition of Commitment in 2014. This is the first step towards becoming a Rights Respecting School and we are very proud of this as a school community. We are now working towards our Level 1 accreditation.

As a Rights Respecting School we aim to teach the children that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). From this starting point they also learn their responsibility to respect others' rights in the community.

What does it mean to be a Rights Respecting School? 

Being a Rights Respecting School involves having an inclusive ethos......everyone in our school community has a RIGHT but we also have a RESPONSIBILITY towards ourselves and others.


Now we are working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School we do not have a set of rules to follow, rather we have Charters in place that support the philosophy of 'Everyone has a right.....Everyone has a responsibility'.

Across our school we have charters in place which reflect this,  a School Charter, a Playground Charter, a Lunch Charter, ICT and Class Charters. These Charters have been written by both the children and staff and are in place for everyone to follow.


Rights Respecting School Council 

We feel that it is important that the pupils have the opportunity to share their ideas and views about the school, so, along with the Charters, we also have a Rights Respecting School Council, made up of members of staff, a parent and children from each year group in Years 1-4. These children are involved in decision making, their opinions and views are regularly sought and we place the Convention of the Rights of the Child at the heart of what we do.

Linking the Articles with Planning, Displays and Assemblies 

We continue to link the UNICEF Articles with work that we do at school. When the teachers plan their lessons they include links with the relevant Articles (rights) in their Medium Term planning proforma. Furthermore, we also include any appropriate Articles on display boards. Each week we have a Rights Respecting whole school assembly, where we will explore a certain right and responsibility.

Charitable Causes 

At Hayeswood, we firmly believe that supporting charitable causes plays an extremely important part in our school life. It helps our school community appreciate what we have and to understand that we are part of a global community. The parents, pupils and staff annually support fund raising events to show how much we care as a school, as well as extending the hand of friendship to others. Recently we teamed up with our Wimborne Academy Trust schools to raise over £4,000 to help those involved in the earthquake in Nepal.

Each Christmas we take a collection at our Christmas production. For several years we have donated the money to Julia's House Children's Hospice.

Harvest Festival - each year we ask our parents for donations of things to help people who are less fortunate than us. For many years we supported the women's refuge in Salisbury. In 2015 we collected toiletries, hats, scarves and gloves to give to the charity, Routes to Roots in Poole. This all started after one of our Year 4 children had seen a homeless man sleeping on the streets in Poole. The little girl asked us if we could do something as a school to help homeless people. So we had a talk from a member of the charity team in assembly one morning and then decided to organise periodic collections to give our support.