School Ethos & Values
As an UNICEF Rights Respecting School our ethos and values are set out in our Mission and Vision statements and embedded in the culture and curriculum of the school.
Our Mission Statement
Our school community will provide a caring, safe and supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to be creative, challenged and happy in their work and play, and where the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are respected and valued by all.
Our Vision Statement
By 2019/20, we will have been successful in:
- Striving for excellence
- Developing and nurturing the whole child
- Securing positive relationships within the school community with a strong sense of responsibility to each other and to the wider world
Dundonald is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School
Dundonald Primary School currently holds Gold Level of the Rights Respecting School (RRS) award, the highest level of the RRS award.
The Gold Award is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that have fully embedded children's rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.
In our Gold Assessment Report, particular strengths of Dundonald were noted as:
- A cohesive and systematic approach to ensuring the whole school community understands how rights underpin all aspects of school life.
- Pupil voice and participation are valued and actively promoted.
- Explicit teaching on equality and inclusion supported by transparent and inclusive policies and practice.
- Mutually respectful and supportive realtionships.
Rights respecting values and language are included as part of lessons, playtimes, assemblies and all aspects of school life. A key focus for us is the importance of helping children to achieve their full potential and to become responsible local and global citizens.
Dundonald has a Whole School Charter, a Playground Charter, and each class has their own Class Charter. The charters consist of a visual set of rights, selected by the children, as well as ways to respect those rights with actions that are linked to school life. These charters enable children to engage in open and fair discussions with each other, and with adults around the school.
What is a Rights Respecting School?
In a Rights Respecting School the values and language of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are central to the school ethos. The award is based on the understanding that children achieve most when they feel included and valued. Rights Respecting Schools report improved pupil self-esteem, enhanced moral development and pupils' realisation of their importance as individuals and global citizens.
Why is Dundonald a Rights Respecting School?
At Dundonald we strive to create an ethos that is underpinned by the values of the UN Convention and the Rights of a Child. We want children at Dundonald to learn about their rights and to feel empowered throughout their education. We teach children that it is important to respect the rights of others and we encourage our children to develop awareness of how they affect the rights of others.