Maroon is now Gold all over

Maroon is now Gold all over

Published on 3 April 2020

We are delighted to announce that George Watson’s College has been re-accredited as a Gold Rights Respecting School by UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools programme.

Our Junior School has been re-accredited with the Gold Award, and as a result of the huge amount of work and dedication from our staff and pupils in the areas of mental health and wellbeing and global education, our Senior School has also achieved Gold status. 

The re-accreditation marks the significant work over the last three years, to ensure that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is embedded at the heart of our ethos and practice.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. 

The re-accreditation report compliments our school on the work undertaken around relationships and mental & emotional wellbeing from Nursery to S6. We are proud that it also acknowledges our pupils’ sound knowledge of rights and the articulate manner in which they are able to express their views. 

Our Junior School first engaged with UNICEF in 2014,  and since then, we have gained Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Our pupils and staff in both the Junior and Senior Schools have worked incredibly hard to achieve this award. Our pupils have produced excellent materials including posters and leaflets to illustrate the principles behind being a Rights Respecting School and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

Melvyn Roffe, Principal, said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved a whole school Gold Rights Respecting School award from UNICEF.

“The award recognises the vast amount of work that has been done in recent years to ensure that Watson’s is a place where all pupils can flourish, be aware of their rights and prepare to be compassionate and engaged global citizens. Never has that been more important than in the current crisis.

"I would like to thank all pupils, staff, parents and governors for their wonderful contributions and hard work that have contributed to this success."