Rights Respecting School

What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?

The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential.

The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.


For further information about the award, visit the Unicef website:


Beech Class (2015-2016) created a project based on the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Each month in the story the children discussed a different precept given to them by their teacher. In Beech Class, we did the same thing. Very quickly we found that these precepts gave us valuable insight into how to handle many different situations that may happen throughout life, in and out of school. In July, the students in Beech Class were given a challenge to create their own precept. Some children wrote their own, while others chose a famous precept that they felt was an important message or piece of advice. After collecting the precepts written by Beech Class, two themes stood out clearly: treat each other with kindness and respect, and keep trying when things are hard. Two great important ideas to live by!

Beech Class Monthly Precepts

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”  

—Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Your deeds are your monuments.”

—Inscription on an Egyptian tomb

“Fall seven times, stand up eight."

—Japanese Proverb

"Fortune favors the bold."


"No man is an island, entire of itself."

—John Donne

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."

—James Thurber

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."

—Blaise Pascal

"What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful."


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can."

—John Wesley’s Rule

"Just follow the day and reach for the sun!"

—The Polyphonic Spree

Beech Class Precepts 2015-2016


“Trust is like paper, once it’s crumpled it can’t be perfect again.”


“Treat others how you would like them to treat you.”


“Anyone who hasn’t made a mistake, hasn’t tried anything new!”

- Albert Einstein


“Everyone in the world has a chance to make a difference but it’s your choice what kind of difference you make.”


“Look towards the sun and shadows will fall behind you.”


“Always follow your dream until you catch it.”


“Everything is possible if you keep trying.”


“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn at school. But if you haven’t learnt the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learnt anything.”

- Muhammad Ali


“Money can buy lots of things but not friendship.”


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


“Don’t stress, do your best, forget the rest!”


“If you don’t succeed try, try again.”

- William E. Hickson


“Knowledge is more important than money.”


“If you lose once, never give up on yourself.”


“Always try to be you, but if you can, be better.”


“Even the strongest man has a weakness.”


“Keep calm and carry on.”

- A saying from WWII


“When you think you’re being the kindest, you can always be kinder.”


“Everything seems impossible until it’s done.”


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

- Winston Churchill


“I can do it!”


“Everyone should have something to be proud of in their life because everyone deserves it.”


“It doesn’t matter what you look like, or what language you speak, we all deserve to be treated equally. “


“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.”

- Auggie Pullman


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

- Winston Churchill


“Money can buy many things except the things that count; love and friendship.”


“Be kind and you’ll have more friends.”


“Don’t let the rain ruin the sunshine.”


“Nothing can break the power of friendship, it’s too strong.”


“Each day is a new page.”


“Don’t judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

- Nelson Mandela

Mrs Simon

“Every day brings new choices.”

- Martha Beck

Miss Gagnon

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou