Rockwood students agree a new school Charter

Tuesday 6th October 2020

April 1st 2020

Shortly before lockdown started, our students voted to choose our new school Charter.

As a Unicef Rights Respecting School, Rockwood Academy is committed to embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into everything we do.  As part of this commitment, we have re-developed our school charter. The charter helps set out our vision for the sort of school we want to be.

It was important to us that our new charter was decided by the students themselves. As a first step, the Unicef student panel identified ten Articles of the UNCRC which could form the basis of our revised charter. Then, every form group across the school discussed and debated these ten Articles, before submitting a vote stating which four of them they believed should become our new Charter.

The votes have been counted and we can now proudly announce that our new school Charter will be based on Articles 28, 19, 12 and 2 of the UNCRC.

Article 28 states that all children have a right to an education; in choosing Article 28, we are placing learning at the centre of what we do.

Article 19 states all children have a right to be protected from violence, abuse and neglect. Nothing is more important at Rockwood than this, and our system of pastoral care exists to protect our students.

Article 12 states that the views of children should be respected. At Rockwood, we involve students in decision-making through our student council and our various student panels steering other aspects of school life – the Unicef student panel is a great example!

Article 2 states that children have a right to be treated without discrimination, whatever their background. We are proud that our students feel so strongly on this point, which is key to our school ethos.

Article 2 received by far the largest number of votes; nearly every single form thought it should be part of our school charter.