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Rights Respecting School

We are a UNICEF 'Rights Respecting School'. 

Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states:

'Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.'

Our School Charter


Listen to each other

  • And discuss each other’s ideas
  • And always respect each other’s opinions

Keep the school tidy

  • By putting things away properly
  • By respecting our own and the school’s property

Respect each other

  • By being thoughtful and considerate to others
  • By doing what we are being asked to do
  • By being polite and having good manners

Look after each other

  • By telling someone if we are hurt
  • By including everyone in our games
  • By treating everyone fairly and equally
  • By treating others as you would like to be treated
  • By being honest

Always try our best

  • By working sensibly
  • By asking for help when needed and helping others when they are stuck
  • By not distracting others
  • By learning from our mistakes

 ‘Learning and Teaching’ is at the heart of school life at Lady Joanna. We are committed to raising the aspirations and achievement of our children and young people through:

  • Outstanding leadership at all levels
  • Inspiring learning and support for all delivered by dynamic and passionate professionals
  • Instilling a sense of challenge, enjoyment and passion for learning
  • A curriculum, unique to each school, which suits the needs of its children in their local community
  • All children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives; making sensible choices whilst respecting the views and attitudes of others

Promoting British Values at Lady Joanna Primary School

At Lady Joanna, we promote fundamental British values through our ethos, the curriculum, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and through our work as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.



Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Lady Joanna is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each new term, teachers and children decide upon their class charter and explore the rights associated with these.

The role of the adults is to promote respect for these rights – both in and out of school.  Our School, Eco and Rights Councils play an active role in the democratic processes involved throughout our school – giving children a voice and participating in weekly assemblies.

The Rule of Law

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 1 Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education


The importance of laws is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. The class charters help to explain expected behaviour and associated rights in each class. Circle time is used as an opportunity to discuss difficult situations that benefit from whole class discussion. Keeping safe when using the internet is regularly discussed with children in computing lessons and in assemblies.

Individual Liberty

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

               Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with  respect

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example, in computing through our E-Safety policy.

Mutual Respect

UNCRC   Article 2 Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education


On Thursday 12th December, all children had a vote for the charity of their choice. The charities were represented by our fabulous Year 6s, who campaigned to increase votes for each charity.


The choices of charities were:






Save the Children was the charity with the most votes. As part of being a Rights Respecting School, we will be doing some further work on fundraising and learning about this wonderful charity in the Spring Term A.

See below for our Autumn Term Rights Assemblies delivered by the Rights Council:
Autumn Term B

As part of our Rights Respecting Schools initiative, we have learnt about Article 24: All Children have the Right to Healthy Food. Shockingly in the U.K., between April and September 2019, 823,145 people used local food banks with 301,653 food parcels being given to children. In the South-East, 80,674 food parcels were donated in this period.


To help tackle this crisis, we asked for donations to the Trussell Trust for supplies which will be redistributed across Kent.


We cannot thank the parents, carers, children and friends of Lady J for their generosity with their donations. See below for the wonderful volume of food and toiletries donated before Christmas 2019.

Food Bank Donations

With help from our wonderful Rights Council, every Friday we will deliver a short assembly on 'Right of the Week'.


Here we will be discussing our Rights in more detail and setting activities for each class to do every week to deepen their understanding.


The thoughts and reflections will be recorded in our very own Rights Respecting Reflection books in each classroom. We are very proud to be on our journey towards becoming a Silver Rights Respecting School!


See below for our Summer B presentations:
See below for our presentations over the next 5 weeks in Summer term A:



We have had fantastic news, our school has successfully achieved the first stage of the Rights Respecting School Awards - We are now  Bronze: Rights Committed! Well done to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this status!


Rights Respecting Updates - Please feel free to have a look

Hello and a warm welcome to our Rights Respecting Page!


As our Rights Respecting coordinator at Lady J I am very excited about the hard work we have completed so far on our Rights. 


Each class has had important discussions on their Rights and we have all made wonderful displays. 


I will be adding more content to keep you updated on our progress but at the moment we are on our journey towards our "Bronze Award". When you come into the foyer of Lady J you will see a big display all about our Rights.


If you wish any more information, please feel free to contact me via the website or drop a message in at the office, Mrs Nicholls