Harlaw Academy – The UK’s First RRSA Accredited Gold Award Secondary School

On 28th February 2018 Harlaw Academy were visited by UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award assessors. I am delighted to be able to share that Harlaw were successfully accredited against the new UNICEF RRSA award scheme outcomes and they became the first secondary school in the UK to successfully achieve Gold using the new outcome strands.


Assessors noted a number of strengths in their final report and were particularly impressed by:

  • Very strong pupil voice which leads to genuine change in the classroom, school and beyond
  • A very inclusive school built on the values of respect and the principles of the convention
  • Very positive and respectful relationships between staff and pupils
  • A significant range of opportunities for pupils to develop skills for life, learning and work which reflect their talents and interests
  • Embedded recognition of wider achievement across the school community
  • The school taking a very active ambassadorial role in the community.

The school is an exemplary ambassador for children’s rights and works hard to promote awareness in their local community, across the city and beyond and I am delighted to see this celebrated by Unicef. This wonderful achievement is recognition of all the hard-work, commitment and passion by pupils, staff and parents.  Well done Harlaw Academy!

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